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Spinocerebellar ataxia


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How might spinocerebellar ataxia be treated?

There is no known cure for spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). The best treatment options for SCA vary by type and often depend on the signs and symptoms present in each person. The most common symptom of SCA is problems with coordination and balance (ataxia). Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles, while special devices (a cane, crutches, walker or wheelchair) can assist in mobility and other activities of daily life.[1] Many people with SCA have other symptoms in addition to the ataxia. Medications or other therapies may be suggested for some of these symptoms such as tremor, stiffness, muscle spasms, and sleep disorders.[2]
Last updated: 12/3/2014

  1. NINDS Ataxias and Cerebellar or Spinocerebellar Degeneration Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. April 2014;
  2. Autosomal Dominant Hereditary Ataxia. NORD. April 2014;

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Other Names for this Disease
  • SCA
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