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What is Fahr's Disease?

Fahr's Disease is a rare, genetically inherited neurological disorder characterised by calcium deposits in areas of the brain that control movement.


It is important to note that Fahr's Syndrome is similar to Fahr's Disease but usually is not attributable to a single cause and more likely to be due to environmental factors (eg. toxicity or trauma). Furthermore, there are a range of Fahr's like conditions.

 

What are the symptoms?

Fahr's conditions are degenerative this means that they usually get worse as you get older. 


 There is a deterioration of motor function, dementia, seizures, headache, poor articulation of speech, stiffness or lack of movement in the limbs, eye impairments, and involuntary writhing movements of the body. Fahr's can also include symptoms characteristic of Parkinson's disease such as tremors, muscle rigidity, a mask-like facial appearance, shuffling gait, and a "pill-rolling" motion of the fingers. These symptoms generally occur later in the development of the condition. 


Whilst these are list of known symptoms this is not a definitive list, and some people may have no symptoms whatsoever.


 Age of onset is typically in the 40s or 50s, although it can occur at any time.

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