Spinocerebellar ataxia 1

**Does spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 often cause bowel problems?**

Bowel problems (such as constipation) is a common problem for people who have medical conditions which result in reduce activity. The National Ataxia Foundation offers information on nutrition for people with progressive central nervous system disease, which includes information on managing irregular bowel movements. To view the article visit: http://www.ataxia.org/pdf/Nutrition_and_the_Patient_with_Progressive_Central_Nervous_System_Disease.pdf

In addition, some people with spinocerebellar ataxia develop problems with their autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls the automatic functioning of the body, such as regulating blood pressure, digestion, sweating, some sexual functions, and the bladder and bowel.

Last updated on 05-01-20

What is spinocerebellar ataxia 1?

Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is a progressive movement disorder that typically begins in early adulthood (but can affect children and older adults as well). Early signs and symptoms includes problems with coordination and balance (ataxia), speech and swallowing difficulties, muscle stiffness, and weakness in the muscles that control eye movement. Over time, SCA1 may cause mental impairment, numbness, tingling, or pain in the arms and legs and uncontrolled muscle tensing, wasting, and twitches. SCA1 is caused by changes in the ATXN1 gene and is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. There is currently not a cure for SCA1, but treatments are available to help manage symptoms. People with SCA1 typically survive 10 to 30 years after symptoms first appear.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Name: National Ataxia Foundation 600 Highway 169 South Suite 1725
Minneapolis, MN, 55426, United States
Phone: +1-763-553-0020 Fax : +1-763-553-0167 Email: naf@ataxia.org Url: https://ataxia.org/
Name: euro-ATAXIA (European Federation of Hereditary Ataxias) Url: https://www.euroataxia.org/
Name: Ataxia UK 12 Broadbent Close
London, N6 5JW, United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7582 1444 Toll Free: 0845 644 0606 (Helpline) Email: helpline@ataxia.org.uk Url: https://www.ataxia.org.uk/

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