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How Does Friedreich S Ataxia Symptoms Progress?

He s in the nursing home. Thin, unable to eat enough, a bag of bones, but cognizant. Wants to come home, but I cannot cobble together enough services to make that happen. What happens next? Whoops, he s 62 and has hereditary Friedrich s ataxia. In his family, it kicks in latte, about late 30s early 40s.
Thu, 30 Apr 2020
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Hi,

Friedrich's Ataxia is a rare genetically inherited disorder. There will be a slow progression of loss of muscle coordination, impaired muscle strength, speech, vision and hearing.

Factors that affect are the age of the onset, symptom severity and comorbidity. The age of the onset and prognosis is linked to the number of trinucleotide repeats, the later the age on onset, the less severe the symptoms.

Most common complications to be worried about are cardiac dysfunction, like arrhythmia and heart failure.

Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Vignan Rachabattuni, General & Family Physician
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How Does Friedreich S Ataxia Symptoms Progress?

Hi, Friedrich s Ataxia is a rare genetically inherited disorder. There will be a slow progression of loss of muscle coordination, impaired muscle strength, speech, vision and hearing. Factors that affect are the age of the onset, symptom severity and comorbidity. The age of the onset and prognosis is linked to the number of trinucleotide repeats, the later the age on onset, the less severe the symptoms. Most common complications to be worried about are cardiac dysfunction, like arrhythmia and heart failure. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Vignan Rachabattuni, General & Family Physician