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Genetic testing for Ataxia

Diagnosis is the first step

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Ataxia affects up to 100,000 people in the US
Genetic testing is useful in finding a diagnosis

Get a diagnosis. Find treatment options.

Finding a diagnosis is an important step in managing and treating Ataxia. Genetic testing is available for many hereditary types of Ataxia. It can play an important role in determining the treatment options that are available for you. Some research opportunities and clinical trials require a genetically-confirmed diagnosis of Ataxia to participate.

Benefits of genetic testing for Ataxia include:

  • Confirming a diagnosis
  • Determining the type of Ataxia and its unique characteristics
  • Identifying treatment options, including clinical trials

Find a diagnostic test for Ataxia



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How to get a genetic test for Ataxia

Genetic tests need to be ordered by a physician. Use this page as a resource to start a conversation with your doctor about the appropriate test for you. NAF recommends working with a certified genetic counselor. 

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