Varicella infection-induced cases, once the most common single Acute cerebellar ataxia, acute cerebellitis, and opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome. J Child Department With Acute Ataxia in the Post-Varicella Vaccine Era. Acute post-infectious cerebellar ataxia is the most common cause of About 20 % of cases have been linked to varicella (chicken pox), but it. Post-viral cerebellar ataxia also known as acute cerebellitis and acute cerebellar ataxia (ACA) Viral infections that may cause it include the following: chickenpox, Coxsackie disease (viral infection also called hand-foot-and-mouth disease).

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Acute cerebellitis in varicella: a ten year case series and systematic review of the literature

Ceregelitis, it may result in severe complications [ 1 ]. Characteristics of patients with AC Six children, 5 boys and 1 girl, aged 2. For a stroke, medication to thin the blood can be given. Hemicerebellitis mimicking a tumour on MRI. The nervous complications of variola, vaccinia and varicella with report of cases. Acute cerebellitis in varicella: Vomiting and cephalea were frequent, while nystagmus or other involuntary eye movements were rare.

Author information Article notes Copyright and Pkst information Disclaimer. Gait abnormality Steppage gait Antalgic gait. Categorical data were given as number of cases and percentages, continuous variables were reported as median and range. Critical review of neurological complications of certain fevers.

Post viral cerebellar ataxia

We defined a neurological complication as an unfavorable neurological evolution occurring within three weeks of varicella onset [ 3 ]. Follow-up was performed according to the local experience of each center. The cases responded differently to treatment and the patients were left with minimum disability. In the literature one of the most detailed descriptions of the clinical presentation for VZV- related cerebellitis showed similar findings [ 17 ].


At follow-up, after 1 month, he is doing well and has recovered almost completely although urinary hesitancy persists. Children aged 5—10 years were May result from neurological disease, metabolic disease or other systemic disorders.

Chicken pox is a viral infection affecting mainly children and presents with exanthematous rash with fever. From each article analyzed we extrapolated the total number of varicella cases, the number of cases with neurological complications and the number of cases with cerebellar involvement.

Varicella-Zoster virus infections of the nervous system: Pot controlled trials are needed to confirm these observations. Sudden death from fulminant acute cerebellitis. We scanned the references of all included articles for additional studies.

Acute cerebellitis in children: an eleven year retrospective multicentric study in Italy

Salas AA, Nava A. Controlled trial of acyclovir for chickenpox evaluating time of initiation and duration of therapy and varifela resistance. She had no problems with her memory or mental functions at any point of time. The most frequent complication among neurological complications was AC AC, the most common neurological complication of varicella, occurs about once in varicella cases among children.

Post viral cerebellar ataxia – Wikipedia

Acute sickness plst to cerebellar symptoms can mimic behavioural changes, but this was assessed only by the clinician not on a subjective parental account. A common measure of varicella complications is derived from the hospitalization of patients. A cute childhood ataxia: Paediatric varicella hospitalisations in France: The mean age of patients affected by neurological complications was 5. This data highlights the potential benefits of spreading VZV vaccinations since the prevention of disease may also reduce the complications of VZV infection.


Tone, deep tendon reflexes and plantar responses were normal in all patients. The acyclovir was continued for 10 days. Severe complications of chickenpox in hospitalised children in the UK and Ireland.

The median length of the hospital stay was 11 days range 2—23 days. Z Gesamate Neurol Psychiatr. Acute cerebellar ataxia in childhood: ATM is a condition of sudden weakness of lower extremities with sensory involvement caused due to inflammation of the spinal cord. From this point a series of exclusion tests can determine if the current state of ataxia is a correct diagnosis or not. In four patients neurological symptoms developed in the first two days.

Neurologic varicella complications before routine immunization in Germany. If the acute cerebellar ataxia is due to bleeding, surgery may be needed. MRI findings in acute cerebellitis. Epidemiology of hospital admissions for chickenpox in children: