Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (CP) is sometimes mistaken for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and vice versa. Both may have many of the same symptoms, such as muscle incoordination and weakness. MS is a progressive condition and Ataxic CP is not.
MS occurs when a person’s central nervous system (CNS) is attacked by their immune system. The CNS includes the brain and spinal cord.
MS can affect any part of the CNS. But, when the cerebellum (motor control part of brain) is affected, muscle incoordination and weakness (Ataxia) can occur. Ataxic CP also involves damage to the cerebellum. For more information on Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, please click on my Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Factsheet. Please click here for more information on MS.