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Ataxia means lack of coordination. People with ataxia have problems with balance and coordination when performing voluntary movements. The word “ataxia” does not indicate a specific disease. Rather, ataxia is a symptom that can result from a number of different diseases.

The Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Clinic provides a comprehensive and tailored approach to the management of ataxia that addresses the full spectrum of challenges, including problems with balance, gait, coordination and slurred speech.

Types of ataxia treated:

  • Hereditary or genetic ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Friedreich ataxia
  • Sporadic (degenerative) ataxia
  • Secondary ataxia, which can appear as a symptom of many medical conditions

Visit the Movement Disorder Clinic Meet Our Ataxia Care Team

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You may be eligible for one of our ongoing clinical trials. Find out how to join a study.


To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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