Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is a progressive degenerative disease involving many major body systems. It is usually noticed in the second year of life as a child develops problems with balance and slurred speech caused by ataxia (lack of muscle control). Another symptom is the appearance of tiny, red, spiderlike veins in the corners of the eyes or on the ears and cheeks when exposed to sunlight. About 70% of children with A-T also have immune system problems.
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