Of all the disorders neurologists have to deal with, few have as many subtypes as spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Most neurologist are familiar with the more common SCAs-types 1,2,3,6, and 7. When pushed, SCA17 will pop into the mind…just because of its similarity to Huntington’s disease (HD).
At the last count, there are 43 different forms of this hereditary disorder. It is therefore very likely that many people with SCA pass through neurology clinics, undiagnosed: there are just too many subtypes to sift through; they are just too complex to get a proper handle on.
The solution? You guessed it…checklists. Neurochecklists now has a checklist for each SCA. Here are the 43 SCAs and their known genes, linked to their checklist. Can’t go through them all? Then see the link to the summary checklist at the end.
Feeling overwhelmed? Why not try the easy and practical summarising checklist: