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Friedreich ataxia

Other Names for this Disease
  • FRDA
  • Friedreich's ataxia
  • Hereditary spinal ataxia
  • Hereditary spinal sclerosis
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia, Friedreich
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  • My 32-year-old brother has Friedreich ataxia and is completely dependent and wheelchair bound. I have lived a normal, healthy life but have read recently that late onset of this condition can occur in individuals from 26 years and older. I am currently 33-years-old. What are my chances of developing Friedreich ataxia later on in life? Should I get tested for it? Click here for answer

  • My daughter has Friedreich ataxia. Both of her parents are black, and her paternal great grandmother is of Irish descent. How did my daughter inherit this condition, and how can I find other families that are in a similar situation? Click here for answer

  • My sister has Friedreich's ataxia.  I am looking for ways to make her life easier. Can you tell me where I can find out about wheelchairs, exercises, and bathroom accomodations? I would also like to connect with people who can help me. Click here for answer