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Diagnosed w/cerebellar atrophy from MRI due to balance/memory issues.What tests can I expect next, and what are they looking for?44yr.Old non-drinker

Diagnosed w/cerebellar atrophy from  MRI due to balance/memory issues.What tests can I expect next, and what are they looking for?44yr.Old non-drinker

Differential for CA: The differential diagnosis of later onset cerebellar atrophy can be hereditary, acquired, or degenerative. The acquired forms can be arrested or even treated and thus should be investigated. The investigation usually includes blood and possibly 24 hour urine evaluation. Sometimes the blood work is sent off to a specialty lab especially when the hereditary/paraneoplastic forms are being sought. ...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'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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What damages the cerebellum?

What damages the cerebellum?

Lots: Injury through being hit, falls, acceleration, deceleration, ischemia, hemorrhage, toxicity, inflammation, infection, cancer, the list goes on and on... ...Read more

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Whats cerebellar hypoplasia?

Whats cerebellar hypoplasia?

See below : A neurological condition in which the cerebellum is smaller than usual often due to under development. ...Read more

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What is a low hanging cerebellum?

Congenital variation: Arnold chiari syndrome describes a congenital abnormal positioning at the cerebellum and brainstem, and may be totally symptomatic or if advanced could cause problems with gait, leg strength, coordination, etc. The cerebellum might be affected by a brain tumor or mass and this could cause a more malignant problem. ...Read more

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What is the cerebellum responsible for?

What is the cerebellum responsible for?

Cerebellum: The cerebellum is responsible for coordinating movements. Coordination is helpful for balance, fine motor tasks, complex motor tasks, including walking, throwing, using stairs, riding a bike, gymnastics, etc. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cerebellar syndrome?

What sort of disease is cerebellar syndrome?

Incoordination: There are several features of people with cerebellar dysfunction with symptoms ranging from walking incoordination, hand incoordination, inability to do alternating movements, eye dysfunction and multiple others. Basically, your cerebellum coordinates the complex movements of your body and therefore cerebellar syndrome is a dysfunction of that coordination. It can be much more complex than this. ...Read more

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How does the cerebellum help you keep your balance?

How does the cerebellum help you keep your balance?

Homeostasis: Cerebellar function needs to balance left vrs right impulses, and neurochemical impulses from cerebellum modulate chemical impulses from basal ganglia. This is all a fine balancing situation, responding to external proprioceptors from external limbs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cerebellum?

Helps coordination : 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 focus and pay attention. ...Read more

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What's the longterm prognosis for cerebellar hypoplasia?

What's the longterm prognosis for cerebellar hypoplasia?

Variable: It depends on the underlying cause. If it is a progressive cause then the prognosis is poor. ...Read more

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What is the statistics of cerebellar hypoplasia in children?

What is the statistics of cerebellar hypoplasia in children?

Please be specific: Cerebellar hypoplasia is a descriptive term for many individual entities affecting brain development. It can occur in isolation or part of a complex syndrome. It has been found in cases with linkage to anomalies on the x, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 14th & 17th chromosomes. Their also sibling pairs that define autosomal recessive cases. All are considered rare with outcomes varying to the degree of defect. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cerebellum volume loss at a young age?

Most common : Cause in young people are familial or congenital causes. ...Read more

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What does thi mean? There is a flow void in the cerebellum on the left.

MRI report?: If that is in the text of an MRI report on the brain, it means there is likely a vessel in that area. Blood flow can cause the appearance of no tissue in the scan; it is technical. ...Read more

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What are the effects of atrophy of cerebellum?

Variable: Sometimes, atrophy of the cerebellum causes no symptoms! The tendency is that symptoms affect coordination. This may be most noticeable with walking, using the arms, or with speaking of swallowing. Eye movements may sometimes be affected also. ...Read more

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Are the NMDA receptors and nr1 subunit in the cerebellum?

Are the NMDA receptors and nr1 subunit in the cerebellum?

You're confused: Neuronal receptors are proteins that float around in neurons' cell membranes. The nr1 subunit is a part of the nmda receptor. Nmda receptors make up only about 1% of cerebral neuronal receptors but they are widely distributed throughout the entire brain. They play a part in long-term potentiation, which is believed to be one of the mechanisms of learning and memory. ...Read more

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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

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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