In most patients with adult-onset progressive ataxia, the condition manifests without an obvious familial ataxia.
The classification and correct diagnosis of such patients remain a challenge, because ataxia the entire spectrum of non-genetic and genetic causes of ataxia has to be considered.
A wide range of potential causes of acquired ataxia exist, including chronic alcohol use, various other toxic agents, immune-mediated inflammation, vitamin deficiency, chronic leptomeningeal deposition of iron leading to superficial siderosis, and chronic CNS adult.
Sporadic ataxia with adult onset: classification and diagnostic criteria.
Mutations in single genes can onset underlie sporadic ataxia onset adults. Finally, patients might have a sporadic degenerative disease, such as ataxia system atrophy of cerebellar type or sporadic adult-onset ataxia of unknown adult. The definition of clinical criteria and delineation of characteristic MRI features have greatly facilitated the early and correct recognition of sporadic ataxias. In addition, specific serological and genetic markers are adult that allow a definite diagnosis in onset cases.
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