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How are cerebellar degeneration, cerebellar ataxia and paraneoplastic cerebellar related?

How are cerebellar degeneration, cerebellar ataxia and paraneoplastic cerebellar related?

Ataxia: Cerebellar degneration means that the part of the brain that controlls coordination and balance is losing cells and likely getting smaller. Ataxia is the clumsiness, imbalance, slurred speech and/or abnormal eye movements that can accompany cerebellar degeneration. A paraneoplastic cerebellar syndrome is when the body's immune response to cancer somewhere else damages the cerebellum "by mistake". ...Read more

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


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What are ataxia, cerebellar or spinocerebellar degeneration?

What are ataxia,  cerebellar or spinocerebellar degeneration?

Progressive disorder: Genetic and familial conditions can lead to a progressive degeneration of the cerebellum and brainstem structures. There are many different types. Multiple sclerosis can also cause progressive balance problems that can mimic degenerative disease. Tumors can also mimic degenerative disease. A quality MRI and good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Is cerebellar degeneration terminal?

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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Low-lying cerebellum or chiari accompany tonic pupil?

Low-lying cerebellum or chiari accompany tonic pupil?

Tonic pupil: Chiari malformation can cause tonic pupil. You need to see an eye doctor and a neurologist to rule out other causes though. ...Read more

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Is spino-cerebellar ataxia contagious?

Is spino-cerebellar ataxia contagious?

No: Spinocerebellar degenerations are genetic disorders that run in families. There is no infectious component. ...Read more

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Does temporal lobe epilepsy cause dyscalucia .

Does temporal lobe epilepsy cause dyscalucia .

Coexisting: There may be coexisting problems of Temporal Lobe epilepsy and dyscalculia. Unlikely to be a cause and effect relationship ...Read more

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What's olivopontine cerebellar atrophy?

What's olivopontine cerebellar atrophy?

Degenerative disease: A large group of sporadic and inherited disorders with symptom onset in the 5th decade of life. Main manifestations include ataxia, first in the legs then arms, hands and facial muscles.Characterized by extensive degeneration of the cerebellum, pontine nuclei and medullary olivary nuclei, opca's have been described with many other clinical findings. Treatment is symtom specific and variable. ...Read more

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Pls comment regarding ventricles(dysmorphic?)and cerebellar tonsils(borderline Chiari?).Frontal lobe atrophy ?MRI images in profile.

Pls comment regarding ventricles(dysmorphic?)and cerebellar tonsils(borderline Chiari?).Frontal lobe atrophy ?MRI images in profile.

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Mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm?

Chiari malformation: The definition for chiari malformation is the presence of cerbellar ectopia of greater than 3 mm below the foramen magnum. Thus you fulfill at least part of the criteria for chiari 1 malformation. The key is the presence of symptoms. If present, then phase-contrast mr flow studieshave a role in determining whether symptomatic chairi malformation patients may benefit from surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Hi,I have petit mal.does atypical absences seizures causes learning difficulties.

Hi,I have petit mal.does atypical absences seizures causes learning difficulties.

Yes: Having frequent absence seizures can interfere with being aware of what is being taught and interfere with learning ...Read more

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Will temporal lope epilepsy cause hypersexuality?

Will temporal lope epilepsy cause hypersexuality?

No.: There is no association between these conditions. One is neither the cause nor associated with the other. A distinct injury to the temporal lobe could conceivably result in both conditions, this would be very unlikely however. ...Read more

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Is cerebellar atrophy fatal?

Is cerebellar atrophy fatal?

No: Cerebellar atrophy can be associated with long term Phenytoin use and alcohol consumption. It by itself is not a fatal condition ...Read more

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Could temporal lobe epilepsy contribute towards schizophrenia?

Could temporal lobe epilepsy contribute towards schizophrenia?

No: But I have encountered several patients incorrectly diagnosed with schizophrenia who were instead suffering from undiagnosed and untreated focal epilepsy (TLE). Focal epilepsy can be very hard to spot, particularly if temporal or on undersurface of the brain. Continuous videotelemetry EEG (EMU) are key, though I have picked up several on routine EEG. ...Read more

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What is primitive cerebellar ataxia ?

Loss of balance: And muscular control. Speech may be slurred and the patient behaves as though she were drunk with alcohol. A rare cause is vitamin b1 dependency. This is the same as deficiency but the patient needs huge doses of the vitamin. There are published cases of this. It can even be intermittent and inititiated by head injury, or a simple infection. ...Read more

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Are abandonment fears in borderline personality disorder considered infantile features?

Are abandonment fears in borderline personality disorder considered infantile features?

Adults fear it too.: Fear of abandonment is, if we're honest, wide spread. Panic and terrible reactive behaviors are, fortunately, rare and might be seen in bpd. I think the word "infantile" refers to the basis of the problem. That it begins when a baby experiences ongoing stress from questionable parenting - even including actual or temporary abandonment. It disrupts the development of trust which is critical. ...Read more

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How is cerebellar ataxia treated?

How is cerebellar ataxia treated?

Supportively: The commonest acquired causes are alcoholism and viral infections. But many cases are due to genetically determined neurodegeneration. If you drink, stop--you might get better. Gait training and ambulatory aides may help. ...Read more

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38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

Timeline?: Your description does not state if all of these changes represent a change from the baseline, are new or chronic. If they are new then i would recommend going to your closest emergency room right away, if they are chronic and old then i would discuss this with your doctor as they could be consistent with traumatic brain injury. ...Read more

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Borderline inferior cerebellar ectopia present, the cerebellar tonsils demonstrate mild inferior herniation, measuring 4 mm sagittal sequence, means?

Borderline inferior cerebellar ectopia present, the cerebellar tonsils demonstrate mild
inferior herniation, measuring  4 mm sagittal sequence, means?

It most likely: doesn't mean anything. If that is the only finding, and the tonsils are otherwise normally shaped, some use less than 5mm as the normal range, so by that criteria 4mm would be normal. Others call 3-5mm benign tonsillar ectopia, an incidental asymptomatic finding. Most consider greater than 5mm to be abnormal(Chiari 1 malformation). The measurement is from the skull base to the tonsil tip. ...Read more

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Does cerebellar ataxia spread?

Does cerebellar ataxia spread?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more