Woman in China Missing Cerebellum

September 13, 2014 2:03 AM

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Physicians in China were shocked to discover that an otherwise healthy young woman had been born without a cerebellum. The cerebellum is an important part of the brain, thought to be in control of fine motor movements and balance. The 24-year-old woman had complained of dizziness her whole life, but vertigo had not stopped her from living a seemingly typical life. However, she had been having recent spells of severe nausea and vomiting, which resulted in her seeking medical care to find the cause of this sudden downturn. Local doctors gave her a CT and a MRI scan, only to discover that the portion of her brain that should have held the cerebellum was instead filled with cerebrospinal fluid.

Further testing found no evidence that the cerebellum ever existed within her brain, meaning that she had not had an illness or injury that resulted in its loss. This is a rare condition, called congenital cerebellar agenesis, only seen in eight other reported cases worldwide. In these eight, now ni...

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