Speech and swallowing are dysfunctional in pre-ataxic spinocerebellar ataxia type 2

Takeaway

  • Dysarthria and dysphagia are common symptoms in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 even at early stages of the disease.

Why this matters

    There are no known treatments to improve speech or swallowing in hereditary ataxia. These novel findings could enable the stratification of early-stage spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 and identification of relevant markers of disease onset, ultimately leading to new therapeutic strategies.