Friedreich’s ataxia is a very rare inherited disease that is characterized by the gradual decline of certain groups of nerve fibers. The main symptom is ataxia (loss of coordination and balance), especially when walking. For patient it’s increasingly difficult to stand still, speak or use his hands – which sometimes begin to tremble at the very moment when he wants to move (intention tremor).
Symptoms usually appear between the ages of 5 and 15. In the UK, the average mortality rate from this disease does not exceed ten cases per year.
The disease has no cure.
Friedreich’s disease is hereditary; if some of your relatives suffers from it, you should consult with your doctor.