Multidisciplinary Cerebellar Ataxia and Spastic Paraplegia Unit
Patients with cerebellar ataxia and hereditary spastic paraplegia present progressive gait disorder as a main symptom. Most of these diseases are of genetic origin with an increasing number of causing genes. They also have different inheritance patterns, which with the heterogeneous phenotype makes accurate diagnosis difficult. In addition to a neurologist specializing in this type of rare diseases, these patients require several specialists, social workers, and the collaboration of local/international spastic paraplegia foundation and ataxia organizations.
Our Multidisciplinary Cerebellar Ataxia and Spastic Paraplegia Unit in Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, was established by Dr Carlos Cervera in 1985. His experience has been passed on to neurologists, neurophysiologists and orthopedic specialists interested in these two disease groups, for which we currently provide comprehensive medical and surgical treatment. Our multidisciplinary Unit consists of neurologists specializing in these diseases, orthopedic/rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapists, urologists, cardiologists, geneticists, surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthotists, neuropsychologists and social workers. More than 500 patients are being treated by our Unit.