What is SCA10?

What is SCA10?

Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10) is a subtype of type I autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia (ADCA type I; see this term). It is characterized by slowly progressive cerebellar syndrome and epilepsy , sometimes mild pyramidal signs, peripheral neuropathy and neuropsychological disturbances.

What does ataxia feel like?

Ataxia is a degenerative disease of the nervous system. Many symptoms of Ataxia mimic those of being drunk, such as slurred speech, stumbling, falling, and incoordination. These symptoms are caused by damage to the cerebellum, the part of the brain that is responsible for coordinating movement.

Is SCA hereditary?

SCA is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. However, the term “spinocerebellar” may be found with other diseases, such as the autosomal recessive spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAR). Treatment is supportive and based on the signs and symptoms present in the person with SCA.

Does ataxia cause seizures?

Ataxia is followed by speech difficulties, dysarthria, and ocular abnormalities. The epilepsy usually presents as generalized motor seizures and/or complex partial seizures a few years after the start of cerebellar ataxia.

Does anxiety cause ataxia?

Episodes of ataxia and other symptoms can begin anytime from early childhood to adulthood. They can be triggered by environmental factors such as emotional stress, caffeine, alcohol, certain medications, physical activity, and illness.

Is SCA an autoimmune disease?

SCA is hereditary, progressive, degenerative, and often fatal. There is no known effective treatment or cure. SCA can affect anyone of any age. The disease is caused by either a recessive or dominant gene….

Spinocerebellar ataxia
Cerebellum (in blue) of the human brain
Specialty Neurology

What is SCA ataxia?

Collapse Section. Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is a condition characterized by progressive problems with movement. People with this condition initially experience problems with coordination and balance (ataxia).

How fast does ataxia progress?

The age of onset and the rate of ataxia progression are perhaps the two most useful clinical features pointing to the cause. Rapid progression (within weeks to months) is characteristic of paraneoplastic spinocerebellar degeneration and sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

How does ataxia start?

Persistent ataxia usually results from damage to the part of your brain that controls muscle coordination (cerebellum). Many conditions can cause ataxia, including alcohol misuse, certain medication, stroke, tumor, cerebral palsy, brain degeneration and multiple sclerosis.

What is the current treatment for SCA?

There is no known effective treatment or cure. SCA can affect anyone of any age. The disease is caused by either a recessive or dominant gene. In many cases people are not aware that they carry a relevant gene until they have children who begin to show signs of having the disorder.