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An Acute Cerebellar Syndrome

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Michael Flower, Alastair Wilkins
Foundation Years Journal, volume 8, issue 3, p.6 (123Doc Education, London, March 2014)


Patients presenting with acute ataxia are commonly seen on medical wards, and the differential diagnosis is broad. Here we present an unusual case of acute ataxia caused by listeria cerebellitis. We discuss the history, examination, investigation and management of the case, before considering cerebellar anatomy and the common causes of an acute cerebellar syndrome.

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Michael Flower

CT2, Department of Neurology
Royal United Hospital
Bath, BA1 3NG

Alastair Wilkins

Reader in Neurology and Honorary Consultant Neurologist
University of Bristol
Department of Neurology
Frenchay Hospital
Bristol, BS16 1LE


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4. Lang et al. Infection of the CNS caused by Listeria monocytogenes. Imm Inf, 1987;15(5):175 -8.


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