What are the symptoms of SCA?

What are the symptoms of SCA?


  • Anemia. Sickle cells break apart easily and die, leaving you with too few red blood cells.
  • Episodes of pain. Periodic episodes of pain, called pain crises, are a major symptom of sickle cell anemia.
  • Swelling of hands and feet.
  • Frequent infections.
  • Delayed growth or puberty.
  • Vision problems.

What is the best treatment for cerebellar degeneration?

Table 1

Therapy (Class Evidence) Trial Dosing of Oral Medication Rating Scales
Amantadine 7, 8 (level C) 5 200 mg/day 1. Simple visual and auditory mean reaction time 2. Movement time
Gabapentina, 22 400 mg × 1 then 900 to 1,600 mg daily ICARS
Pregabalina, 23 75 mg TID SARA
Zolpidema, 24 10 mg/day No formal scales

What causes spinocerebellar degeneration disease?

This condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder. An affected person usually inherits the altered gene from one affected parent . However, some people with SCA1 do not have a parent with the disorder.

Is cerebellar degeneration fatal?

Each inherited or acquired disease that results in cerebellar degeneration has its own specific prognosis, however most are generally poor, progressive and often fatal.

What is the life expectancy of someone with cerebellar ataxia?

Life expectancy is generally shorter than normal for people with hereditary ataxia, although some people can live well into their 50s, 60s or beyond. In more severe cases, the condition can be fatal in childhood or early adulthood.

Is spinocerebellar degeneration curable?

There is no known cure for spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). The best treatment options for SCA vary by type and often depend on the signs and symptoms present in each person. The most common symptom of SCA is ataxia (a condition in which coordination and balance are affected).