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Ataxia telangiectasia

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This disorder is characterized by ataxia, beginning in early childhood, usually before age 5

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Affected children typically develop difficulty walking, problems with balance and hand coordination, involuntary jerking movements (choreas), myoclonus, and neuropathies

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Patients with ataxia telangiectasia have increased risk of cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma

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People with this disorder also have slurred speech and oculomotor apraxia

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Small clusters of telangiectases, which occur in the eyes and on the surface of the skin, are also characteristic of this condition

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