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Friedreich's Ataxia Definition & Overview


Friedreich’s ataxia is a very rare inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system. Ataxia refers to coordination problems and unsteadiness. Friedreich’s ataxia causes degeneration of neurons in the spinal cord that control movement, as well as the sensory nerves that assist coordination. In later stages, additional cell injury can develop in the heart and pancreas.

The Nervous System

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