AimFor reliable assessment of ataxia severity in children, the Childhood Ataxia and Cerebellar Group of the European Pediatric Neurology Society aimed to validate the Scale for Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) according to age.
MethodTwenty-two pediatric ataxia experts from 15 international institutions scored videotaped SARA performances in 156 typically developing children (4-16y: m/f=1; 12 children per year of age; including nine different nationalities). We determined age-dependency and reliability of pediatric SARA scores by a mixed model.
ResultsIn typically developing children, age was the only variable that revealed a relationship with SARA scores (p
InterpretationIn typically developing European children, both SARA scores and interobserver agreement are age-dependent. For reliable interpretation of pediatric SARA scores, consideration of the underlying test construct appears prudent. These data will hopefully contribute to a correct and uniform interpretation of longitudinal SARA scores from childhood to adulthood.
- HEREDITARY CEREBELLAR-ATAXIA
- PLACEBO-CONTROLLED TRIAL
- IDEBENONE TREATMENT