Management of the ataxias: towards best clinical practice
The ataxias are rare conditions, but recent studies estimate that there are at least 10,000 adults and around 500 children in the UK with a progressive ataxia. Causes for ataxia range wildly from hereditary conditions such as Friedreich's ataxia to ataxia simply resulting from brain injuries; it can also be a symptom of underlying conditions such as multiple sclerosis. There is no explicit cure for ataxia, but it can be managed and treated with the help of swift detection, diagnosis, and appropriate referral to specialists best placed to deal with the individual patient's situation.
This Guidelines summary covers the investigations, patient pathways, and common symptoms of ataxia.