Spine Archive: Hemiataxia

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The medical term for the loss of bodily movement control including balance is known as ataxia. This loss of control can be the result of multiple complications. Most often, it is associated with the aftermath of a stroke or cerebellar injury (base of the brain in charge of balance and movement). Specifically, hemiataxia refers to the loss of bodily movement that affects only one side of the body.

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This condition is characterized by the loss or lack of muscle movement. Sometimes this can be seen observed in a person’s walk or “gait”. This condition can be present on one side of the body (referred to as hemiataxia). Ataxia can be a result of hereditary disorders involving spinal degeneration and is often associated with the cerebellum, within the brain.