Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 20, Issue 8, pp 602–603 | Cite as

Transient cerebellopontine demyelinisation revealed by MRI in acute cerebellar ataxia

  • C. A. Aufricht
  • W. Tenner
  • R. Stiglbauer
  • F. Rosenmayr
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An eight year old boy was admitted to our ward with a history of abrupt onset of rapidly progressive gait disorder, nausea, vertigo and vomiting. The clinical as well as the labortory findings suggested the diagnosis of acute cerebellar ataxia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), however, showed marked demyelinisation in the cerebellar region and visual evoked potentials were pathologic. After immunosuppression the patient promptly improved clinically and the lesions depicted by MRI disappeared almost completely.


Public Health Magnetic Resonance Imaging Cerebellar Ataxia Abrupt Onset Gait Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. A. Aufricht
    • 1
  • W. Tenner
    • 1
  • R. Stiglbauer
    • 2
  • F. Rosenmayr
    • 1
  1. 1.Children HospitalUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.MR-InstituteUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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