Friedreich's Ataxia Program

Overview

The Friedreich's Ataxia (FA) Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the largest programs of its kind in the world. We follow over 150 patients a year with FA, who come here from all over the world. We care for both children and adults with FA, and address issues for patients with classical FA as well as those with adult-onset or less common features of the condition. Learn about Friedreich's Ataxia»

Specialized care and support

For patients

Our team of FA experts provides comprehensive care, from initial diagnosis and testing through long-term disease management. Although there is currently no cure for FA, we utilize the latest research findings and approaches in managing symptoms and improving quality of life. We keep patients updated on the latest research findings to better understand the natural progression of FA and identify new therapeutic approaches. Patients receive dedicated support from our team of physicians, genetic counselors, social workers, nurses, educators and clinical researchers.

For families

Living with FA can be challenging for patients and their loved ones. For this reason, we actively support the family unit. We can identify resources and support groups to help families new to FA navigate the process. We encourage family members to become a part of the program’s support network. In addition, we sponsor an annual symposium for patients and their families, which addresses unique and pragmatic issues relevant to this population. This offers a unique opportunity to interact with others experiencing the same challenges. 

Research

Our researchers are actively involved in basic and clinical research studies. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the basic biochemistry of FA and its natural progression, and to apply this understanding to identify better treatments. We review any upcoming clinical trials with all patients, so that they might have the opportunity to participate in these clinical studies and to benefit from any research advances that are applied to patient care. Learn more about our research projects»

Comprehensive clinical services

Our clinical services range from evaluation and diagnosis to treatment, including emphases on the following:

Additional consultations

The Friedreich's Ataxia Program team has easy access to the many subspecialties at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, such as Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Orthopedics. We refer patients to them as needed, based upon our evaluation findings, and work together with other specialists in a collaborative manner to optimize patient care.

Appointments

To make an appointment, please call the Friedreich Ataxia Program at 267-426-7538. We see patients at the Children's Hospital's Main Campus in Philadelphia, as well as at our satellite location in King of Prussia.

Directions

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Save the Date:
Oct. 14, 2013

Join us for the Sixth Annual Friedreich’s Ataxia Symposium at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA. Learn more »