How do medications treat ataxia telangiectasia?

Although no drugs are available to stop the progression of ataxia telangiectasia, some medications may be used to manage the symptoms. High doses of vitamins and injections of a protein known as gamma globulin may bolster weakened immunity. Antibiotics may be prescribed to combat infection. And flu shots and immunization against pneumonia may help reduce the incidence of respiratory infection.

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Ataxia Telangiectasia

Ataxia-telangiectasia is neurological disorder that occurs during childhood and causes problems with the part of the brain that controls motor movement and speech. It is a rare condition that causes the strange symptom of being se...

nsitive to radiation such as x-rays and gamma rays. The first signs of ataxia-telangiectasia are poor balance, slurred speech, and slow development of motor skills. There may also be telangiectasias (tiny, red veins) present in the corners of the eyes or on the surface of the ears and cheeks. There is no way now to control the progression of the disease, so the goal of treatment is to control symptoms.

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