Spinocerebellar ataxia 2
Other Names for this Disease
- SCA 2
- Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2
- Spinocerebellar atrophy 2
- Spinocerebellar ataxia Cuban type
- Olivopontocerebellar atrophy 2
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Treatment of spinocerebellar ataxia 2 (SCA2) is supportive and aims to help the affected person maintain their independence and avoid injury. It is recommended that people with SCA2 remain physically active, maintain a healthy weight, use adaptive equipment as needed, and avoid alcohol and medications that affect cerebellar function. Adaptive equipment may include canes or other devices to help with walking and mobility. People with SCA2 may develop difficulty speaking and may need to use computerized devices or writing pads to help with communication. Levodopa may be prescribed to help with some of the movement problems (e.g., rigidity and tremor), and magnesium may improve muscle cramping.
Last updated: 1/31/2014
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