Wat is ataxie ? Mary Liebert Facebook (Eng)

I put together an educational document about ataxia. Hope you find it useful in explaining what ataxia is. Sept. 25th is International Ataxia Day. Passing on a bit of information to someone who doesn’t know what ataxia is, is helping to educate the world about this disorder. Thanks, Mary


• ATAXIA is derived from the Greek word ataxis which means “without order.”

• Ataxia is …. A term used to describe a group of neurological disorders that cause problems with balance and coordinated movement.

• Ataxia also causes symptoms that affect: vision, swallowing, and speech.

• Ataxia is most often caused by loss of function in the cerebellum. (the part of the brain that controls movement)

• Ataxia symptoms can be similar to: *being drunk can cause symptoms of ataxia or *spinning around and around like children do, can cause ataxia symptoms.

• Ataxia can strike at any age. (too often, children and young adults)

• Ataxia – There are three classifications: Acquired, Hereditary, and Sporadic.

• 1) Acquired Ataxia is …. There was an event that caused the person to have the symptom of ataxia. Some examples include: head trauma, stroke, brain tumor, severe viral infection, and exposure to certain drugs or toxins.

• 2) Hereditary Ataxia is …. When there is a gene defect or mutation. This type of ataxia is divided into two groups: Dominant and Recessive. (there are a lot more detailed definitions for these two ataxias, but I’m only giving you the very basic ones here)

• Dominant Ataxia is …. When only one of the parents has the effected gene and it’s passed on.

• Recessive Ataxia is …. When both parents have the gene and it’s passed on.

• 3) Sporadic Ataxia is …. When the cause is unknown and there is no family history.

• *Most of the ataxias are progressive. (symptoms increase in scope and severity)

• *The rate of progression varies for each type of ataxia. It can also very between family members with the same type of ataxia.

• *Too often the earlier the onset of symptoms, the faster the rate of progression.

• Currently there is no cure for ataxia. (some of the acquired forms have been treated)

• There are no medications which treat or slow the progression of ataxia. (there are some medications which may help some of the symptoms of ataxia)

• Despite this a person with ataxia can: exercise and cultivate a caring network with family, friends, support groups, social media and advocacy organizations to gain knowledge, resources, and a sense of belonging.

• If you want to learn more about our journey you can reach out to the National Ataxia Foundation.

• Thank You and pass the word on about ataxia.