What is Ataxia

Ataxia is a loss of muscle control, coordination, and voluntary movement. Movements like walking, picking up objects, and speaking can become impacted. Ataxia is frequently associated with an injury to the cerebellum, a stroke, or the presence of a tumor.

Ataxia is often a secondary diagnosis accompanying a stroke or dementia primary diagnosis. If you are experience the sudden onset of imbalance, coordination problems, or trouble swallowing, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms of Ataxia may include any number of the following:

  • Poor coordination

  • Imbalance

  • Feeling unsteady while walking

  • Involuntary eye movement

  • Trouble speaking

  • Trouble swallowing

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Impacted Areas of the Brain

The cerebellum is the area of the brain that sits near the brainstem. The cerebellum is responsible for muscle control and autonomic nervous system functions. Reduced functionality in this area may be associated with ataxia symptoms.

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