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Degenerative nervous system diseases

Friedreich's ataxia
Friedreich's ataxia (FA) is an inherited, progressive nervous system disorder causing loss of balance and coordination. There are many different causes for ataxia, ranging from inherited causes, infections, problems of the immune system to brain tumors and strokes. There is no known cure for Friedreich's ataxia. Treatment is based on controlling symptoms and maintaining general health.
Hereditary spastic paraplegia
Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), also called familial spastic paralysis, refers to a group of genetic disorders that are characterized by progressive weakness and spasticity (stiffness) of the legs. Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) is a group of inherited neurological disorders characterized by progressive weakness (paraplegia) and increased muscle tone and stiffness (spasticity) of leg muscles.
Huntington's disease
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a devastating, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at present, no effective treatment or cure. There is no cure for Huntington's disease, and there is no known way to stop progression of the disorder. Treatment is aimed at slowing progression and maximizing ability to function for as long as possible. Huntington's Disease profoundly affects the lives of entire families: emotionally, socially and economically.
Prion diseases
Prion diseases (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies) are very rare degenerative diseases of the brain thought to be caused by a protein that converts to an abnormal form called a prion. Prion diseases are a group of inherited and spontaneous neurodegenerative disorders affecting animals and humans. The prion diseases are among the most intriguing and frightening diseases facing us today.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is degenerative brain disorder, known as a prion disease. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rapidly progressive disease causing damage to the brain. It is one of a group of rare diseases that affects humans and animals, known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies or prion diseases. There is no cure for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and no treatment which slows the progression of the disease.
Fatal familial insomnia
Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is an hereditary prion disease characterized by disrupted sleep (insomnia), motor abnormalities (myoclonus, ataxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and pyramidal signs), and hyperactivation of the autonomic nervous system. Due to a missense mutation at codon 178 of the prion protein gene on chromosome 20. A sporadic form of fatal insomnia is also known.
Kuru is an extremely rare prion disease. It is almost exclusively found among people from New Guinea, who practiced a form of cannibalism in which the brains of dead relatives were eaten as part of a funeral ritual. Kuru causes neurodegenerative changes similar to another prion disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which occurs sporadically around the world and for which risk factors are unknown.
Rett syndrome
Rett syndrome is an inherited disorder that affects only females. The syndrome causes mental retardation and developmental degeneration. Rett Syndrome is a severe progressive neurological disorder that causes marked developmental regression, especially in the areas of expressive language and hand use. It occurs only in girls. There is no cure for Rett syndrome; however, there are several treatments options.
Tuberous sclerosis
Tuberous sclerosis is a group of 2 genetic disorders characterized by problems with the skin, brain/nervous system, kidneys and a predisposition to tumors. Tuberous sclerosis is a genetic disorder affecting cellular differentiation and proliferation, which results in hamartoma formation in many organs (eg, skin, brain, eye, kidney, heart). Tuberous sclerosis isn't common, but it isn't rare either.

Topics in neurological disorders

Autoimmune nervous system diseases
Autonomic nervous system diseases
Degenerative nervous system diseases
Central nervous system diseases
Brain diseases
Cranial nerve disorders
Language disorders
Perceptual disorders
Motor neuron diseases
Neurologic manifestations
Movement disorders
Peripheral nerve disorders
Sleep disorders
Spinal cord diseases

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