Ataxia usually develops when there is damage to the area of the brain called the cerebellum. People with ataxia tend to experience issues with muscle coordination. Some types develop as the result of another condition, while others may be inherited. Symptoms of hereditary ataxia tend to develop more slowly. Treatment and prognosis for ataxia vary depending on the severity.
Different types of ataxia affect the body in different ways. However, some symptoms exist regardless of the cause. People with ataxia often have difficulty with balance and walking. It also affect speech and the ability to swallow. Ataxia can also cause visual disturbances. Ataxia often makes tasks requiring fine motor control, such as writing, more difficult.
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