n. impaired ability or inability to perform coordinated movements, for example, walking, writing, or reaching for an object. This may be due to the failure of the central nervous system to coordinate muscle movements or could be attributable to a loss of feedback from the muscles and joints - commonly called sensory ataxia. Causes may include injury or disorders affecting muscular coordination, such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis. Ataxia may be sometimes be mimicked by certain psychological disorders, such as somatization disorder. There are several types of ataxia, including Friedreich

ATAXIA: "A person with ataxia has problems coordinating muscles to perform complex actions, for example, walking."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ATAXIA," in, April 7, 2013, (accessed December 1, 2022).


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