Friedreich's Ataxia

Also known as: FA, hereditary ataxia.

FA, hereditary ataxia.

Ataxia is a medical term for the loss of coordination and balance. Friedreich’s ataxia is a common form of ataxia that also impacts the nervous system and heart.

What causes Friedreich's ataxia?

Friedreich's ataxia is a hereditary condition that is passed along from parents to their children.

What are the symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia?

People with Friedreich's ataxia have muscle weakness, loss of balance and coordination and heart problems that can range from mild to life-threatening.

What are Friedreich's ataxia care options?

Friedreich's ataxia cannot be cured. Treatments such as medications and physical therapy can be helpful for managing the symptoms of the disease.

Reviewed by: Gregory W Hornig, MD

This page was last updated on: November 06, 2023 02:34 PM

Pediatric Neurology

The Division of Pediatric Neurology is dedicated to the management and treatment of neurological disorders in babies, children and adolescents.

Learn More