What ATAXIA means: Ataxia - Friedreich's ataxia is an inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system resulting in symptoms ranging from gait disturbance and speech problems to heart disease. Coordination problems such as clumsy or awkward movements and unsteadiness, occurs in many different diseases and conditions. The ataxia of Friedreich's ataxia results from the degeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal cord and of nerves that control muscle movement in the arms and legs. The spinal cord becomes thinner and nerve cells lose some of their myelin sheath, the insular covering on all nerve cells that helps conduct nerve impulses.
- Definition Angelman Syndrome:
- Dictionary Symptoms of Angelman syndrome are learning disability, jerky movements, a tendency to seizures and a happy, sociable personality. Children with Angelman syndrome often do not learn to sit until ataxia.
- Definition Apraxia:
- Dictionary neurological disorder characterized by loss of the ability to execute or carry out learned purposeful movements, despite having the desire to and the physical ability to perform the movements. It is ataxia.
- Definition Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis:
- Dictionary Sclerosis - (ALS) is a disease of unknown cause characterized by slowly progressive degeneration of upper (UMN) and lower motor neurons (LMN). The UMN findings include hyperreflexia and spasticity ataxia.
- Definition Arnold-Chiari Malformation:
- Dictionary Malformation - sometimes referred to as Chiari II malformation or ACM, is a congenital malformation of the brain. It occurs in almost all children born with both spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The ataxia.