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Cerebellar degeneration


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What are the signs and symptoms of cerebellar degeneration?

Cerebellar degeneration is primarily characterized by a wide-legged, unsteady, lurching walk that is usually accompanied by a back and forth tremor in the trunk of the body. Other signs and symptoms may include slow, unsteady and jerky movement of the arms or legs; slowed and slurred speech; and nystagmus.[1] Although cerebellar disorders usually strike adults in middle age, the age of symptomatic onset varies depending on the underlying cause of the degeneration.[2]

Studies have shown that many patients with movement disorders caused by damage to the cerebellum also have psychiatric symptoms. These studies suggest that patients with cerebellar diseases may benefit from screening and treatment of psychiatric disorders.[2]
Last updated: 12/14/2014

References
  1. NINDS Cerebellar Degeneration Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. February 2014; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebellar_degeneration/cerebellar_degeneration.htm.
  2. Study Finds Psychiatric Disorders are Common in People with Cerebellar Degeneration. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). March 8, 2005; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/news_article_cerebellar.htm.


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