Is fatigue an important finding in patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10)?

J Clin Neurosci. 2020 Jan:71:150-152. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2019.08.097. Epub 2019 Sep 17.


Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10) is a rare dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterized by cerebellar ataxia, dysarthria, ocular dysmetria, and seizures in some populations. Fatigue has been described in SCA1, SCA3, but has not been objectively investigated in SCA10. Our aim is to investigate the presence and related causal factors of fatigue among SCA10 patients. Twenty-eight patients with SCA10 and matched healthy controls were included and assessed using the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA), Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS), Beck Inventory Depression (BDI) and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS). Fatigue was evidenced in 32% of SCA10 versus 3.6% for the control group (p = 0.005). The following independent variables were not significant predictors for MFIS-BR: duration of disease, SARA and BSS. Age at onset of disease (r = -0.307, p = 0.021) and EDS (r = -0.347, p = 0.014) were mild to moderate predictors of fatigue. Similar to other SCAs, fatigue is common in SCA10 patients, suggesting a possible role of a common topographic degenerative pattern in its pathophysiology.

Keywords: Fatigue; Nonmotor symptoms; SCA10; Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • DNA Repeat Expansion
  • Fatigue / diagnosis*
  • Fatigue / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxias / complications
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxias / diagnosis*

Supplementary concepts

  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia 10