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Symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia

Symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Friedreich's ataxia includes the 16 symptoms listed below:

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Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)

Characterized by the progressive loss of voluntary muscular coordination (ataxia) and heart enlargement. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

NINDS Friedreich's Ataxia Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 5 and 15 but can appear as early as 18 months or as late as 30 years of age. The first symptom is usually difficulty in walking. The ataxia gradually worsens and slowly spreads to the arms and then the trunk. Foot deformities such as clubfoot, flexion (involuntary bending) of the toes, hammer toes, or foot inversion (turning in) may be early signs. Rapid, rhythmic, involuntary movements of the eyeball are common. Most people with Friedreich's ataxia develop scoliosis (a curving of the spine to one side), which, if severe, may impair breathing. Other symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Friedreich's Ataxia Information Page: NINDS)

Friedreich's ataxia as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia. This signs and symptoms information for Friedreich's ataxia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Friedreich's ataxia signs or Friedreich's ataxia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Friedreich's ataxia symptoms.


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