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Subacute cerebellar degeneration


Other Names for this Disease

  • Alcoholic cerebellar degeneration
  • Cerebellar degeneration, subacute
  • Nutritional cerebellar degeneration
  • SCD
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Overview

Subacute cerebellar degeneration is the breakdown of the area of the brain that controls muscle coordination and balance (the cerebellum).[1] Less commonly, the area connecting the spinal cord to the brain is involved. Subacute cerebellar degeneration may occur in association with a cancer (paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration) or lack of thiamine (alcoholic or nutritional cerebellar degeneration).[2] Signs and symptoms may include ataxia, speech and swallowing problems, dementia, vision problems, and vertigo.[2]
Last updated: 10/14/2014

References

  1. NINDS Cerebellar Degeneration Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). June 27, 2008; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebellar_degeneration/cerebellar_degeneration.htm. Accessed 10/2/2008.
  2. Cerebellar Degeneration, Subacute. NORD. 2007; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Cerebellar%20Degeneration%2C%20Subacute. Accessed 10/14/2014.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Alcoholic cerebellar degeneration
  • Cerebellar degeneration, subacute
  • Nutritional cerebellar degeneration
  • SCD
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.