The purpose of this overview on hereditary ataxia is to increase the awareness of clinicians regarding the causes of hereditary ataxia, related genetic counseling issues, and management.
Goal 1: Briefly describe the clinical characteristics of hereditary ataxias (sometimes referred to as "primary hereditary ataxias") for which an adult with ataxia or the caregivers of a child with ataxia would seek diagnosis and management from a neurologist as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Goal 2: Review common and notable genetic causes of hereditary ataxia.
Goal 3: Provide an evaluation strategy to identify the genetic cause of hereditary ataxia in a proband.
Goal 4: Inform genetic counseling of family members of an individual with hereditary ataxia.
Goal 5: Review management of hereditary ataxia.
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