Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6
Other Names for this Disease
- Spinocerebellar ataxia 6
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ataxia). Other early signs and symptoms include speech difficulties (dysarthria), involuntary eye movements (nystagmus), and double vision. Over time, individuals with SCA6 may develop loss of coordination in their arms, tremors, and uncontrolled muscle tensing (dystonia). The signs and symptoms of SCA6 typically begin in a person's forties or fifties. Most people with this disorder require wheelchair assistance by the time they are in their sixties. Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 is caused by mutations in the CACNA1A gene. This condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern.Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) is a neurological condition characterized by progressive problems with movement. Initial symptoms include problems with coordination and balance (
Last updated: 10/10/2012
- Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2011; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-6. Accessed 10/10/2012.
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- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
- The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) was established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia: Making an Informed Choice about Genetic Testing is a booklet providing information about spinocerebellar ataxia and is available as a PDF document on the University of Washington Medical Center Web site. Click on the title above to view this resource.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.