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What is the difference between ataxia and apraxia?

Asked by T. Lopez on Jun 07, 2019

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C. Bernthal

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C. Bernthal
Teacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle

Answered on Jun 20, 2019

Ataxia and Apraxia are different in some ways. The only similarity between them is that, they are both movement disorders. The differences between Ataxia and Apraxia will be discussed in relation to their definition. Ataxia is a movement disorder in which there is lack of coordination when performing voluntary movements. Whereas apraxia is the total or partial loss of the ability to perform coordinated movements or manipulate objects in the absence of motor or sensory impairment; specifically, a disorder of motor planning.

Most times we get frustrated when we master some movements and later becomes a huge problem to perform the movement in reality. This occurs when the motor nerves were not able to interpret the instructions to carry out the coordinated movements. Ataxia is also caused by injury, wound or infection in the cerebellum, while Apraxia is caused by injury, wound or infections in the cerebrum.

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