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Other Names for this Disease
- Cerebello-oculocutaneous telangiectasia
- Immunodeficiency with ataxia telangiectasia
- Louis-Bar syndrome
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Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is an inherited childhood disorder that causes degeneration in the part of the brain that controls motor movements and speech. The condition is characterized by neurological signs, telangiectasias, susceptibility to infections and an increased risk of cancer. Mutations in the ATM gene cause ataxia-telangiectasia. The condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. There is no cure for A-T and, currently, no way to slow the progression of the disease. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
- NINDS Ataxia Telangiectasia Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/a_t/a-t.htm. Accessed May 25, 2011.
- Stoppa-Lyonne D. Ataxia-telangiectasia. Orphanet. http://www.orphanet.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=EN&Expert=100. Accessed May 25, 2011.
- Ataxia-telangiectasia. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/ataxia-telangiectasia. Accessed May 25, 2011.
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- 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.