Ataxia, which involves poor muscle control that may cause difficulty with walking, balance, hand coordination, speech, and swallowing, results from damage to the cerebellum. While the condition can be caused by alcohol misuse, stroke, tumor, multiple sclerosis, and certain medications, it also has genetic causes.
Inherited forms of ataxia can be autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive, with different genetic variants causing different types — most of which are progressive.
Hereditary movement disorders Test menu
Our full menu of hereditary ataxia testing includes both a comprehensive panel and focused panels that evaluate for Friedreich’s ataxia and spinocerebellar ataxia, which are among the most common forms of inherited disease. In addition to molecular testing for Friedrich’s ataxia, we offer biochemical testing for frataxin protein analysis.
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