Topics Discussed: ataxia; cerebellar ataxia of childhood syndrome; neurology.
Sections: Signs and Symptoms, Differential Diagnosis, History/Physical Examination, Laboratory Studies, Evaluation, Indications for Consultation or Referral, References.
Excerpt:"Ataxia is derived from the Greek word ataktos, meaning disorderly, irregular, or unruly. Specifically, ataxia refers to an abnormality of regulation of posture and movement, a disturbance of balance and gait. Although ataxia can be caused by peripheral sensory abnormalities, spinal cord lesions, or injury to cerebellar projections, this chapter will focus on symptoms, signs, and etiologies of cerebellar ataxia with an emphasis on infectious and postinfectious causes...."
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