Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/04/27



I hope i spelt it correctly doc, my 23month gul has been diagnosed with this last week, symptoms started few days earlier (dizziness/unsteadyness/shaking), my baby keeps falling when she walks/play etc, she very pains me to see her like hospital they did brain scan and lumbur puncture, blood test...all negative but suspect this PROBLEM is she was only given MULTIVITAMIN as treatment and nothing else! she has since become a fussy eater now which makes everything worse ...and my lol is not getting any better...any 2nd opinion with this? will physio help? im frustated coz she was born strong , healthy and happy, she now wheighs 13.7kg

Expert's Reply



Acute cerebellar ataxia is a well known condition which may affect young children.The typical symptoms are similar to those you descibe here. It is usually caused by a virus and often follows on chicken pox.It is very important to exclude a tumour in the cerebellum which is an area behind and underneath the brain.This is why a brain scan was done. There is no specific treatment available for this illness. I would strongly advise you to take your daughter to be seen by a paediatric neurologist. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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