What is alcoholic cerebellar degeneration?

Special case. In people who have drunk a lot of alcohol, the upper half of the middle ("vermis") of the cerebellum shrinks ("superior vermal atrophy"), telling the radiologist or pathologist about alcohol use. Beyond contributing some to the overall clumsiness and perhaps personality problems of longtime heavy drinkers, this is not really an entity in itself.

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Stem cells can be used to treat cerebellar degeneration. Is that true for alcoholics?

Cerebellar disease. Alcohol is toxic to cerebellar nerve cells. Repeated exposure to alcohol causes those nerve cells to die. There is no treatment currently available to replace any nerve cells. Maybe eventually stem cells might be found that will take, not create tumors, that will connect to the other thousands of nerve cells properly and then function. It is a tall order. It will take some time. Read more...
Maybe. Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Research is ongoing to study regeneration, but alcoholics present a cell damage loss. Read more...

What does cerebellar degeneration mean?

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

Nutrition beneficial for cerebellar degeneration?

Little to offer. There is one uncommon form of cerebellar degeneration that is kept at bay by very large doses of vitamin e. A b-complex with c vitamin is sometimes given to anyone with brain disease. Beyond this, the primary cerebellar degenerations are progressive and incurable (the only real mimic is paraneoplastic cd). Love those around you & be sure they know of your wishes and needs. Read more...

I have cerebellar degeneration what does that mean?

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

What nutritional changes are ehlpful for cerebellar degeneration?

Little to offer. There is one uncommon form of cerebellar degeneration that is kept at bay by very large doses of vitamin e. A b-complex with c vitamin is sometimes given to anyone with brain disease. Beyond this, the primary cerebellar degenerations are progressive and incurable (the only real mimic is paraneoplastic cd). Love those around you & be sure they know of your wishes and needs. Read more...

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...

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...