Ataxia, Gait

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Ataxia-Thomas-fig68,69-p127-wikimediaWhat Is Gait Ataxia?

Gait ataxia is a cerebellar (lower brain) disorder characterized by defective muscular coordination of skeletal muscles used for locomotion (walking).

Q: What is defective muscle coordination for walking?

A: The cerebellum does not initiate movements but is responsible for the coordinated execution of voluntary muscle movements by means of a complex interplay with many brainstem structures. Whatever alters this cerebellar function produces defective muscle coordination needed for walking.

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