What is olivopontocerebellar ataxia?

Olivopontocerebellar Ataxia (OPCA) is an inherited disease, a degenerative systemic disorder of the cerebellum, bridge and olive, in which the cerebellum shrinks with time. The cerebellum is the center of movement coordination. It regulates the basic tension of the muscles, coordinates movements and controls the maintenance of balance. So it makes sure we can run, walk, run, eat, swallow and cough.

Symptoms of OPCA

The symptoms of OPCA vary from person to person. Most patients have difficulty with the alignment and coordination of the legs and arms. Other symptoms may include muscle spasms or weakness and stiffness of the muscles, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, tremor of the hand or arm, reduction or slowing of movement, loss of thinking and / or memory skills, difficulties in the control of the bladder and intestinal activity. The disease Olivopontocerebellar Ataxia is incurable.

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