Neurology

Natural history and epidemiology of the spinocerebellar ataxias: Insights from the first description to nowadays



Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a heterogeneous group of autosomal dominant inherited diseases that share the degeneration of the cerebellum and its connections as their main feature. We performed a detailed description of the natural history of the main SCAs, focusing on epidemiology, progression, haplotype analysis and its correlation with founder effect, and perspective of future treatments. References for this review were identified by an in-depth literature search on PubMed and selected on the basis of relevance to the topic and on the authors’ judgment.

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