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How can a disease of the nervous system affect balance?

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In brief: ANATOMICAL

Diseases of brain and spinal cord cause symptoms based on anatomical location of damage.
Since a substantial area for balance is located in the cerebellum and brainstem connections, disruption here can result in loss of balance. In alcohol/ nutritional problems, there may be midline cerebellar atrophy leading to gait and leg incoordination. Some cancers have toxins hurting cerebellar neurons.

In brief: ANATOMICAL

Diseases of brain and spinal cord cause symptoms based on anatomical location of damage.
Since a substantial area for balance is located in the cerebellum and brainstem connections, disruption here can result in loss of balance. In alcohol/ nutritional problems, there may be midline cerebellar atrophy leading to gait and leg incoordination. Some cancers have toxins hurting cerebellar neurons.
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