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Acute cerebellar ataxia


Ataxia means the loss of coordination of body movements. Acute cerebellar ataxia is a disorder in children that causes a sudden loss of coordination.

It is relatively prevalent in children, especially following an infection or serious illness. Most cases resolve without specific treatment.


Symptoms:


The symptoms of acute cerebellar ataxia include:

 

  • instability when walking
  • changes in coordination that primarily affect the trunk or head and not the limbs
  • nodding or other unusual head movements
  • unusual eye movements, such as involuntarily darting from side to side
  • slow or slurred speech
  • changes in mood, behavior, or personality
  • headaches
  • nausea or vomiting

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