What is Friedreich's Ataxia?

Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. It causes progressive loss of coordination and muscle strength in the arms and legs and trunk, leading to full time use of a wheelchair.  Most young people diagnosed with FA require mobility aids such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair by their teens or early twenties.  Onset of symptoms can vary from childhood to adulthood. Childhood onset of FA usually occurs between 5 and 15 years and tends to have a more rapid progression.

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

• Loss of coordination (ataxia) in the arms and legs.
• Fatigue – energy deprivation and muscle loss.
• Vision impairment, hearing loss, and slurred speech.
• Aggressive Scoliosis (curvature of the spine).
• Diabetes Mellitus (insulin-dependence, in most cases).
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (a life-threatening heart condition).

The is currently No Cure & No Treatment