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What causes ataxia?

Ataxia is usually caused by dysfunction of the cerebellum, the region of the brain where sensory perception, motor control, and voluntary movement are all integrated. Many people develop ataxia as the main symptom of more than two dozen inherited disorders, among them Friedreich's ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxias including Machado-Joseph disease, episodic ataxia, and fragile X tremor/ataxia syndrome. Ataxia can also develop as a result of stroke, multiple sclerosis, tumors, alcoholism, peripheral neuropathy, metabolic disorders, and vitamin deficiencies.

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