Ataxia a disturbance of equilibrium and gait due to a lesion in the frontal lobe, characterized by assumption of a broad-based gait with the feet flat on the ground and a tendency to retropulsion.
Friedreich's ataxia hereditary sclerosis of the dorsal and lateral columns of the spine, usually beginning in childhood or youth; it is attended with ataxia, speech impairment, scoliosis, peculiar movements, paralysis, and often hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Motor ataxia inability to control the coordinate movements of the muscles.
Sensory ataxia due to loss of proprioception (joint position sensation) between the motor cortex and peripheral nerves, resulting in poorly judged movements, the incoordination becoming aggravated when the eyes are closed.
Ataxia-telangiectasia a severe autosomal recessive progressive cerebellar ataxia, associated with oculocutaneous telangiectasia, abnormal eye movements, sinopulmonary disease, and immunodeficiency.
At present, stem cell treatment for ataxia offers the most promise for being able to repair this type of permanent damage.
Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have not yet differentiated into any specific type. They are unique because they can reproduce themselves infinitely. They can also generate more specialized cell types, such as muscle, nerve or bone cells. They are found in a number of the body’s tissues and organs and occur from the earliest stages of development.
With adult stem cell therapy, stem cells can be developed into most or all types of tissue.
The ability to create new body tissue means stem cells can be used to generate cells to replace diseased and damaged body tissues. These tissues can treat patients whose tissue is diseased or damaged through injury.
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