Diffuse cerebellar atrophy

Diffuse atrophy of the cerebellum refers to a progressive and irreversible reduction in cerebellar volume. It is a relatively common finding and found in a wide variety of clinical scenarios. 

Diffuse cerebellar atrophy can be difficult to distinguish from global cerebellar hypoplasia on a single study and can only be distinguished from the latter by demonstrating or implying (clinically) that there has been progressive change over time 9

Diffuse atrophy can result from a variety of causes:

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rID: 9191
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Differential diagnosis of diffuse cerebellar atrophy
  • Diffuse cerebellar degeneration
  • Differential diagnosis of diffuse cerebellar degeneration

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: idiopathic
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  • Case 2: due phenytoin chronic use
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  • Case 3: superficial siderosis
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  • Case 4: from presumed phenytoin
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