Falls in degenerative cerebellar ataxias

Mov Disord. 2005 Apr;20(4):497-500. doi: 10.1002/mds.20375.


We retrospectively and prospectively assessed the frequency and characteristics of falls in patients with degenerative cerebellar ataxias. The results show that falls occur very frequently in patients with degenerative cerebellar ataxias and that these falls are serious and often lead to injuries or a fear of falling. Clinicians should be aware of this problem in ataxia patients and should try to prevent falls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / epidemiology*
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / pathology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nerve Degeneration / pathology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires