Child's Nervous System

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 717–718 | Cite as

Inconsistent terminology for cerebellar mutism

  • Ulrich-Wilhelm ThomaleEmail author
  • Pablo Hernaiz Driever
Letter to the Editor – Reply

Dear Editor:

We would like to thank Gudrunardottir and coworkers for commenting on our paper “Fronto-cerebellar fiber tractography in pediatric patients following posterior fossa tumor surgery” [1]. We admit that the paper entitled “Cerebellar mutism: review of the literature” by Gudrunardottir et al. [2] should have been cited at the respective passage instead of or even together with “Cerebellar mutism: definitions, classification and grading of symptoms” by the same group [3] which were published both in 2011.

The issue raised by Gudrunardottir et al. is the ambiguous use of the term of “cerebellar mutism (CM)” and its exact definition. In our report, we used CM and CM syndrome (CMS) as synonyms and thereby may not have clearly enough expressed that we agree that posterior fossa syndrome (PFS) describes a broader symptomatology complex of which CMS or CM is an integral part. In this context and to better elucidate the problem of inconsistent terminology, we scrutinized the...


Cranial Nerve Posterior Fossa Tumor Lower Cranial Nerve Cranial Nerve Deficit Cerebellar Mutism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich-Wilhelm Thomale
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pablo Hernaiz Driever
    • 2
  1. 1.Arbeitsbereich Pädiatrische NeurochirurgieCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Virchow KlinikBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Klinik für Pädiatrie mit Schwerpunkt Onkologie und HämatologieCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Virchow KlinikBerlinGermany

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