What is Cerebellar Ataxia

Cerebral Ataxia, also known as Cerebellar Ataxia or Cerebellar Ataxia Syndrome, is similar to Ataxic Cerebral Palsy in some ways but different in others.  They are both marked by the same symptoms such as an unsteady walk, poor muscle tone, and lack of coordination.

Unlike Ataxic CP, Cerebral Ataxia doesn’t necessarily occur in birth.  It can also be classified as acute, where the disorder appears suddenly and in high severity, or chronic, wherein the disorder progresses over a stretched out period of time.  Cerebral Ataxia can even be recurrent and happen on and off over short or long periods of time. There are even cases where it develops at a late age but the patient can still live for years afterwards.

Also like Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Ataxia has many different causes.  They can include infectious diseases, genetic conditions, tumors, trauma, and vascular conditions.  Because many of these conditions can happen at any point in someone’s life, it is possible to develop Cerebral Ataxia at any age.  The most likely people to develop the disorder are children under three years of age who have experienced a viral infection.