Chapter

The Ataxias

Katrina Gwinn

in Clinical Neurology of Aging

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369298
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199323012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195369298.003.0027
The Ataxias

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Chapter 27 discusses ataxia, a relatively heterogeneous and large group of hereditary, acquired, or apparently idiopathic disorders which have in common jerky and uncoordinated movements and speech, some of which are hereditary and due to single gene disorders, while others are secondary to other central nervous system (CNS) conditions including alcohol abuse, stroke, tumor, and multiple sclerosis, or may be the result of paraneoplastic syndromes or vitamin deficiency. Also discusses are apparent sporadic (idiopathic) ataxias, and that ataxias may affect any part of the body (particularly gait, eye movements, and speech) and some types are associated with additional CNS, peripheral nervous system (PNS), or systemic findings.

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Subjects: Neurology

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