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How is Friedreich's ataxia diagnosed?

Diagnosis of Friedreich's ataxia involves a careful medical history and thorough neurological exam. Lab tests include electromyography, an electrical test of muscle, and a nerve conduction velocity test. An electrocardiogram may be performed to diagnose heart arrhythmia.

Direct DNA testing is available, allowing FA to be more easily distinguished from other types of ataxia. The same test may be used to determine the presence of the genetic defect in unaffected individuals, such as siblings.

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What's Friedreich's ataxia? - Friedreich's ataxia (FA) is an inherited, progressive nervous system disorder causing loss of balance and coordination.
What causes Friedreich's ataxia? - There are many different causes for ataxia, ranging from inherited causes, infections, problems of the immune system to brain tumors and strokes.
What're the symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia? - Symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia include gait incoordination, foot deformities and walking up off the heels, muscle spasms and cramps.
How is Friedreich's ataxia diagnosed? - Diagnosis of Friedreich's ataxia involves a careful medical history and thorough neurological exam.
What's the treatment for Friedreich's ataxia? - There is no known cure for Friedreich's ataxia. Treatment is based on controlling symptoms and maintaining general health.
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