Cerebellar Disorders in Children – Chapter 14: Cerebellar Dysplasia (ebook)


Chapter 14 – Cerebellar Dysplasia

Andrea Poretti and Eugen Boltshauser

The nomenclature of cerebellar dysplasia is inconsistent in the literature, and different terms have been used to describe this condition. We prefer the term cerebellar dysplasia, implying a deranged development of the cerebellar tissue resulting in abnormal cerebellar foliation and fissuration (Demaerel 2002; Patel and Barkovich 2002). However, the abnormalities affect not only
the cerebellar cortex (therefore we do not use cerebellar cortical dysplasia), but also the architecture of the cerebellar white matter as abnormal arborization of the cerebellar white matter
and/or irregular cerebellar gray-white matter junction. Cerebellar dysplasia includes a heterogeneous spectrum of different neuroimaging findings, clinical presentations, and etiologies leading to a purely descriptive definition.

Please note that Chapters 7-22 are also available in Part 4: Malformations.

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This clinically orientated text by an international group of experts is the first definitive reference book on disorders of the cerebellum in children. It presents a wealth of practical clinical experience backed up by a strong scientific basis for the information and guidance given. The first part sets out the theoretical underpinnings of cerebellar disorders. This is followed by sections on clinical conditions grouped according to common characteristics such as aetiology and symptomatology. The descriptions of the clinical conditions each systematically cover, as appropriate, epidemiology, prevalence, diagnostic criteria, clinical features (including course and prognosis), pathophysiology, genetics, investigations, differential diagnosis, and management and treatment. This book will be an invaluable resource for all those caring for children affected by cerebellar disorders, including malformations, genetic and metabolic disorders, acquired cerebellar damage, vascular disorders and acute ataxias. This comprehensive reference text on cerebellar disorders in children includes chapters on cerebellar development, prenatal cerebellar imaging, imaging of the posterior fossa, with coverage of a broad range of malformations, genetic and metabolic disorders involving the cerebellum, prenatal cerebellar disruptions (as related to prematurity), vascular disorders, tumors and paraneoplastic syndromes, as well as acute ataxia and trauma to the posterior fossa. Numerous checklists are provided to assist in the differential diagnosis of clinical signs and neuroimaging findings.

Paediatric neurologists, paediatricians, neurologists, developmental paediatricians, neuroimaging specialists, geneticists, neonatologists

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