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Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6

Other Names for this Disease
  • SCA6
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia 6
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How might spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) be treated?

While there is no specific treatment which can prevent of slow the progression of SCA6, there are therapies available to help manage the symptoms.[1] For instance:[2]


  • Episodes of ataxia, vertigo, and sleep disorders can be treated with medication,
  • Home modifications may be made for safety and convenience,
  • Canes and walkers can allow for continued mobility,
  • Speech therapy and communication devices may help with dysarthria, and
  • Weighted eating utensils and dressing hooks can help patients maintain independence. 

Affected individuals should be followed annually or semiannually by a neurologist, with consultations as needed with other specialists.[2] More detailed information related to the treatment of SCA6 can be accessed through the GeneReviews Web site.

Last updated: 10/10/2012

  1. Frequently Asked Questions About Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 6 (SCA6). National Ataxia Foundation. 2012; Accessed 10/10/2012.
  2. Gomez CM. Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 6. GeneReviews. 2008; Accessed 10/10/2012.

Management Guidelines

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