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Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2
Other Names for this Disease
- Olivopontocerebellar atrophy 2
- Olivopontocerebellar atrophy Holguin type
- SCA 2
- Spinocerebellar ataxia 2
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 is a progressive disorder that causes uncoordinated movement (ataxia), slow eye movement, and sometimes dementia (memory loss). It is caused by a mutation in the ATXN2 gene. It usually affects people in adulthood, but can develop in childhood or adolescence. Each child of a person with spinocerebellar ataxia 2 has a 50% (1 in 2) chance of inheriting the condition.
Last updated: 1/31/2014
- Pulst SM. Spoinocerebellar ataxia type 2. GeneReviews. August 1, 2013; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1275/. Accessed 1/31/2014.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition. Click on the link to view the information.
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia: Making an Informed Choice about Genetic Testing is a booklet providing information about spinocerebellar ataxia and is available as a PDF document on the University of Washington Medical Center Web site. Click on the title above to view this resource.
In Depth Information
- MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings) is a terminology tool used by the National Library of Medicine. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The Neuromuscular Disease Center at Washington University provides information about spinocerebellar ataxia 2.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.