Spinocerebellar ataxia 13
Other Names for this Disease
- Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia with mental retardation
- Cerebellar ataxia, autosomal dominant with mental retardation
- Spinocerebellar ataxia type 13
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ataxia and dysarthria (often with intellectual disability and occasional seizures) to adult-onset progressive ataxia. Life expectancy is normal. SCA13 is caused by mutations in the KCNC3 gene and is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Treatment may include anti-seizure medications; assistive devices (such as a canes and walkers); and/or speech therapy and communication devices.Spinocerebellar ataxia 13 (SCA13) is a rare sub-type of spinocerebellar ataxias, a group of neurological conditions characterized by degeneration of the brain and spinal cord. Signs and symptoms of SCA13 appear to vary among affected people and range from childhood-onset, slowly progressive gait
Last updated: 12/11/2014
- Stefan-M Pulst. Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 13. GeneReviews. March 1, 2012; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1225/. Accessed 12/11/2014.
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