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Friedrich ataxia

Friedreich's ataxia is an inherited disease that damages your nervous system. The damage affects your spinal cord and the nerves that control muscle movement in your arms and legs. Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 5 and 15. The main symptom is ataxia, which means trouble coordinating movements. Specific symptoms include

  • Difficulty walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Speech problems
  • Involuntary eye movements
  • Scoliosis
  • Heart palpitations

People with Friedreich's ataxia usually need a wheelchair 15 to 20 years after symptoms first appear. In severe cases, people become incapacitated. There is no cure. You can treat symptoms with medicines, braces, surgery and physical therapy.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Source: MedlinePlus

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with friedrich ataxia, 87% report having ear pain, 72% report having arm weakness, and 72% report having flatulence. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of friedrich ataxia are ear pain, flatulence, peripheral edema, wheezing, arm weakness, arm pain, shoulder swelling, vulvar sore, knee lump or mass, back stiffness or tightness, and itchy eyelid, although you may still have friedrich ataxia without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with friedrich ataxia often receive echocardiography, ultrasonography, pelvis exam, electrocardiogram, corneal transplant, transurethral resection of prostate (turp), coronary thrombolysis and control of epistaxis .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with friedrich ataxia include fluticasone nasal product, albuterol, oxcarbazepine (trileptal), sildenafil (viagra), polyethylene glycol 3350 (miralax), digoxin, omeprazole, chlorpheniramine / phenindamine / phenylpropanolamine, air, mecamylamine, troleandomycin, indium oxyquinoline in-111 (indium in-111 oxyquinoline) and pipecuronium (arduan) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for friedrich ataxia include age 75+ years, age 5-14 years, age 15-29 years and race/ethnicity = white.

Age

< 1 years
0.3x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
2.3x
15-29 years
2.1x
30-44 years
0.1x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
0.1x
75+ years
2.2x

Sex

Male
0.5x
Female
1.4x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.1x
Hispanic
0.1x
White
1.6x
Other
0.2x
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