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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Cerebellar Degeneration (Overview)

Cerebellar degeneration is a condition of progressive damage to the nerves of the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination. Strokes, infections, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases can cause deterioration in the cerebellum.


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What is cerebellar degeneration?

What is cerebellar degeneration?

Illness family: This is a group of thankfully-uncommon illnesses, almost all of them genetic, in which the principal cells of the cerebellar cortex die off over time. Generalized lack of coordination results. One is treatable with big doses of vitamin E but this does not touch the rest. The other entity to rule out is remote effects of a small lung cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
15 doctors shared insights

Cerebellar Degeneration (Overview)

Cerebellar degeneration is a condition of progressive damage to the nerves of the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination. Strokes, infections, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases can cause deterioration in the cerebellum.


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What are the symptoms of cerebellar degeneration?

What are the symptoms of cerebellar degeneration?

Ataxia: The cerebellum is responsible for balance and coordination of movement. Ataxia is the fancy word for massive loss of balance. Such a person behaves as though she is drunk with alcohol. Speech may bne slurred or incomprehensible. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cerebellar degeneration?

What are the tests for cerebellar degeneration?

Exam & imaging: Any physician can spot the more-or-less symmetrical loss of coordination. Imaging studies will often show cerebellar shrinkage. A smoker needs to be checked for a hidden lung cancer that can damage the cerebellum remotely. Most of these have an associated damaged gene and a dna lab may discover it after the diagnosis of cd is finalized. ...Read more

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What does cerebellar degeneration mean?

What does cerebellar degeneration mean?

Cerebellar degen: See: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/cerebellar_degeneration/cerebellar_degeneration.Htm.

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Can stem cells be used to treat cerebellar degeneration?

Can stem cells be used to treat cerebellar degeneration?

Not yet.: Stem cells are currently used in bone marrow transplants used to treat leukemia. But they may have the potential to treat diseases such as cancer, parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and muscle damage. However, more work is needed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cerebellar degeneration?

What is the treatment for cerebellar degeneration?

Cerebellar degenerat: Cerebellar degeneration can happen from many causes, some reversible, some not. So the answer depends on what the cause is. Here is more information: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/cerebellar_degeneration/cerebellar_degeneration.Htm. ...Read more

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How to prevent cerebellar degeneration ?

Not sure.: Don't know there is any proven method for preventing this, but drinking too much can certainly be a problem. ...Read more

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What is cerebellar degeneration?

Illness family: This is a group of thankfully-uncommon illnesses, almost all of them genetic, in which the principal cells of the cerebellar cortex die off over time. Generalized lack of coordination results. One is treatable with big doses of vitamin E but this does not touch the rest. The other entity to rule out is remote effects of a small lung cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is cerebellar degeneration terminal?

It can be: In a young person of 36 this is evidence of some kind of genetically determined cause. One cause is vitamin b1 dependency. This is like dietary deficiency but requires huge doses of the vitamin. Stay away from all forms of sugar and sweeteners. ...Read more

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What does cerebellar degeneration mean?

Cerebellar degen: See: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/cerebellar_degeneration/cerebellar_degeneration.Htm.

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Cerebellum (Definition)

An area in the back of the brain that helps coordinate movement, speech, and eye movements. It has connections to the frontal lobes also and may play a role in helping you ...Read more