Friedreich's Ataxia Clinic
Friedreich's ataxia (FA) is a common form of inherited ataxia. In most cases, symptoms appear before the age of 25. Signs and symptoms of FA include a variety of neurological problems, cardiomyopathy, diabetes and scoliosis. Treatment for people with FA is usually directed at managing symptoms, as there is no cure.
Our Friedreich's Ataxia Clinic at Mayo Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and management of adults and children. This care is provided by a multispecialty team that includes adult and pediatric neurologists, cardiologists, medical and biochemical geneticists, endocrinologists, physical medicine specialists, and other specialists as needed. Because heart-related problems associated with FA can be potentially life-threatening, a complete cardiology evaluation is included in the assessment.
Patients with FA are invited to partner with researchers in a clinical research study and to donate samples of blood or skin tissue to the Mayo Clinic Mitochondrial Disease Biobank. This research helps to increase understanding of the disease and serves as a base for the development of clinical trials designed to lead to the discovery of new treatments.