Other Names for this Disease
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degenerative changes of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord). There are many different types of SCA; the signs and symptoms vary by type but may include an uncoordinated walk (gait), poor hand-eye coordination, and abnormal speech (dysarthria). Depending on the type, SCA can be inherited in an autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, or X-linked manner. Treatment is supportive and based on the signs and symptoms present in each person.Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a group of inherited conditions that are characterized by
Last updated: 12/2/2014
- NINDS Ataxias and Cerebellar or Spinocerebellar Degeneration Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. April 2014; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/ataxia/ataxia.htm.
- Opal P, Zoghbi, HY. The Spinocerebellar Ataxias. UpToDate. November 2014; http://www.uptodate.com/contents/the-spinocerebellar-ataxias. Accessed 2/12/2015.
- Autosomal Dominant Hereditary Ataxia. NORD. April 2014; http://rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/674/viewFullReport.
- 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.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a 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.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Spinocerebellar ataxia. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.