Acute Cerebellar Ataxia
Acute Cerebellar Ataxia
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- Viral infections, including:
- Exposure to certain toxins, such as lead , mercury , thallium, alcohol , and organophosphates found in insecticides
- Cerebellar hemorrhage, abscess, blood clot, or obstruction of an artery
- Paraneoplastic syndromes—occurs when the immune system attacks the cerebellum
- Age, especially children three years of age or younger
- Viral infections
- Recent vaccination
- Exposure to certain insecticides, drugs, or toxins
- Uncoordinated movements of the limbs or trunk
- Clumsiness with daily activities
- Difficulty walking
- Speech disturbances with slurred speech and changes in tone, pitch, and volume
- Visual complaints
- Abnormal eye movements
Accompanying symptoms may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in mental state, such as personality or behavioral changes
- Chaotic eye movements
- Clumsy speech pattern
You may need to have your bodily fluids and tissues tested. This can be done with:
- Lumbar puncture
- Blood tests
- Urine analysis
- You may need to have pictures taken of your bodily structures. This can be done with:
- You may need to have your nerve and muscle activity tested. This can be done with:
National Ataxia Foundation http://www.ataxia.org
National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov
Canadian Institutes of Health Research http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/31/2013 -