Abstract. Cerebellar disorders due to herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection are rare and always associated with herpes simplex encephalitis. We report 2 cases . This article includes discussion of acute cerebellar ataxia (in children), acute cerebellitis, and acute postinfectious cerebellitis. The foregoing. Acute cerebellar ataxia is a syndrome that occurs in previously well children, often presenting Acute cerebellar ataxia, acute cerebellitis, and.

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Abstract Background Acute cerebellitis is a rare disease with the majority of cases described in children.

There is marked incoordination of the hands, and, if stood on his feet, he is wildly ataxic. Six patients, including our case, presented with headache and nausea without other neurological symptoms, and subsequently returned with additional cerebellar signs.

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Clinical features and the age group are essential when thinking of possible differential diagnoses. The content you are trying to view is available only to logged in, current MedLink Neurology subscribers. Cottom published a series of 7 cases of acute cerebellar ataxia inand in reviewing the literature, noted that cases worldwide appeared to correlate cersbellitis epidemics of influenza, lethargic cerebellitie, and poliomyelitis Cottom The disease is generally benign and self-limited, however some complications, as described above, can take the patient to a worse prognosis and lead to death.

Competing interests The authors declared that they have no competing interest. Thank you for updating your details. Presentation on the emergency department with dysarthria, nystagmus and aggravated headache. The cause of the disease was unknown until when Weiss and Guberman proposed that ACA could be due to direct invasion of the central nervous system by infectious agents. This can show that the virus has attacked the nervous system of the patient and resulted in the ataxia symptoms.

Acute cerebellar ataxia in children

Acute cerebellitis in children mainly presents with headache and ataxia [ 2 ] and may either have a benign, self-limiting course, or present as a fulminant disease requiring neurosurgery and steroid treatment and resulting in severe cerebellar damage [ 2 ]. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. Steroids may be needed for swelling inflammation of the cerebellum such as from multiple sclerosis.


Viral infections that may cause it cerebellktis the following: Isoniazid cerebellitis in a peritoneal dialysis patient.

CSF examination may help in narrowing the differential diagnosis. In 2 cases, isoniazid was reported to be the causative agent. Reply to Peiffer-Smadja, et al. Acute cerebellar ataxia is a milder form of acute cerebellitis or perhaps a mild subset of acute cerebellitis 9.

When, however, the child is sat up in bed, it is found that he is unable to maintain his balance. If the acute cerebellar ataxia is cerebel,itis to bleeding, surgery may be needed. Open in a separate window. Journal List Ital J Pediatr v. Patients who are on dialysis are more sensitive to isoniazid neurotoxicity, due to pyridoxine deficiency and reduced clearance of isoniazid.

Treatment will depend on the cause. Detection of herpesvirus DNA in the large intestine of patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease using the nested polymerase chain reaction. About Blog Go ad-free.

This subset of children did not have a different severity at presentation nor a different outcome. Herniation to foramen magnum in the course of cerebellitis in a 4-year-old boy, as shown by CT and MRI – case report. Although involvement of the cerebellum has been reported to occur during the course of HSE cerebelliitis 20—23 ], we are not aware of any other patient who has manifested HSV-1 acute cerebellitis.

MRI of the brains of the patients revealed increased signal intensity without focal lesions of the cerebellar cortex, which appeared to be swollen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Acute cerebellitis in varicella: A and BMRIs obtained at admission to the hospital. Complications of varicella in healthy children in Izmir. August Learn how and when to remove this template message.

HAART was started in and the virological and immunological response was excellent. All data generated or analyzed during this study are included in this published article and its Additional information files. Acute cerebellitis with near-fatal cerebellar swelling and benign outcome under conservative treatment with high dose steroids.


Consent for publication Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this Case Report and any acutte images.

Varicella and its complications as cause of hospitalization. Usually occurring in children under six years of age, acute cerebellitis is the most common cause of ataxia in the pediatric population.

Selection criteria included acute onset of neurologic symptoms, signs of cerebellar dysfunction, absence of recent exanthem or exposure to such illnesses, and lack cereblelitis familial skeletal or neurologic disease.

Acute cerebellitis in adults: a case report and review of the literature

A broad range of signs and symptoms may be present: MRI showing swollen cerebellar hemispheres and hydrocephalus.

MRI findings associated with positive PCR results, obtained as early as 1 day after admission to the hospital, allowed us to establish cerebellktis definite diagnosis and immediately to administer specific treatment. Epstein-Barr virus cerebellitis presenting as obstructive hydrocephalus. Alternative diagnoses must be excluded early for these patients, including etiologic association with other viral infections, such as HSV infection.

It may show a homogeneous mass effect due the cerebellar swelling 1,4. Acute cerebellitis with cerebellar swelling successfully treated with standard dexamethasone treatment. In 24 of 31 cases, nervous system involvement occurred during or immediately after an infection: A few days after the initiation of treatment, neurological symptoms gradually improved, and they disappeared entirely within 2 weeks.

Abstract Background Acute cerebellitis AC and acute cerebellar ataxia ACA are the principal causes of acute cerebellar dysfunction in childhood. The patient was admitted to the neurology ward and an MRI-scan was performed, showing a swollen cerebellum, consistent with cerebellitis, and hydrocephalus Fig.

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