Group of hereditary ataxias characterized by degenerative changes in the cerebellum, and sometimes in the spinal cord.
- Autosomal dominant inheritance
Clinical hallmark is loss of balance & coordination accompanied by slurred speech; onset is most often in adult life.
- Uncoordinated walk
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Dysarthria (abnormal speech)
- Involuntary eye movement
- Vision problems
- Difficulty processing, learning, and remembering information
No known treatment.
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy