What is the outlook for people with ataxia?

The outlook for people with ataxia varies greatly depending on the type and underlying cause. Most people with ataxia have symptoms that get worse with each year. Treatment is necessary to control symptoms and improve quality of life.

In other people, doctors can treat the underlying cause of ataxia with medication. With effective treatment, their symptoms may stay the same or even improve over time. There is ongoing research to find a cure for ataxia.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/16/2018.


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