A neurological symptom characterized by major difficulties in muscular coordination. Ataxia is usually a sign of another condition that has yet to be unearthed (such as a damaged cerebellum). It can affect the way your eyes move, the way you speak and even your ability to swallow.
The condition could be caused by any of the following: abusing alcohol, having a stroke, a possible tumor, an inherited (defective) gene, the condition known as cerebral palsy and another condition, multiple sclerosis.
Example: A man is observed to walk with a broad-based gait, and to sway when standing. He is unable to stand on either foot unassisted.
The Mayo Clinic online has provided a comprehensive list of symptoms for this condition: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ataxia/DS00910/DSECTION=symptoms
Fournier, G. (2010). Ataxia. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 27, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/ataxia/