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Diseases » Friedreich ataxia » Summary

What is Friedreich ataxia?

What is Friedreich ataxia?

  • Friedreich ataxia: A progressive inherited neuromuscular disorder involving slow degeneration of the spinal cord and brain.

Friedreich ataxia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Friedreich ataxia, or a subtype of Friedreich ataxia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Friedreich ataxia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Friedreich ataxia: Introduction

Types of Friedreich ataxia:

Broader types of Friedreich ataxia:

How many people get Friedreich ataxia?

Prevalance of Friedreich ataxia: estimated 1 per 40,000 people are affected by Friedreich ataxia, Genetics Home Reference website
Prevalance Rate of Friedreich ataxia: approx 1 in 40,000 or 0.00% or 6,800 people in USA [about data]

How serious is Friedreich ataxia?

Complications of Friedreich ataxia: see complications of Friedreich ataxia

What causes Friedreich ataxia?

Causes of Friedreich ataxia: see causes of Friedreich ataxia

What are the symptoms of Friedreich ataxia?

Symptoms of Friedreich ataxia: see symptoms of Friedreich ataxia

Complications of Friedreich ataxia: see complications of Friedreich ataxia

Friedreich ataxia: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Friedreich ataxia.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Friedreich ataxia.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Friedreich ataxia: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Friedreich ataxia.
Treatments for Friedreich ataxia: see treatments for Friedreich ataxia
Research for Friedreich ataxia: see research for Friedreich ataxia

Name and Aliases of Friedreich ataxia

Main name of condition: Friedreich ataxia

Other names or spellings for Friedreich ataxia:

spinocerebellar ataxia, Friedreich, FA, Friedreich tabes, FRDA, hereditary spinal ataxia, hereditary spinal sclerosis, Friedreich's ataxia

Friedreich's ataxia
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Friedreich ataxia: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Friedreich ataxia:

  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Multiple systems atrophy
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia type I
  • Spinocerebllar ataxia type VII

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