This is a degenerative disorder that affects the brain, brainstem or spinal cord and can result in clumsiness, inaccuracy, instability, imbalance, tremor or a lack of coordination while performing voluntary movements. Ataxia also can affect speech and movement of the eyes. Movements of patients with Ataxia may appear disjointed or jerky and patients may fall down frequently due to an unsteady gait.
Ataxia can be caused by a number of things including stroke, multiple sclerosis, tumors, alcoholism, nerve damage, metabolic disorders, and/or vitamin deficiencies.
The most common symptoms of ataxia include: difficulty with writing and eating, low eye movements, problems with balance and coordination, poor coordination of hands, arms, and legs, slurring of speech, and/or wide-based gait (manner of walking).