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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-27

Cerebellar mutism syndrome and its relation to cerebellar cognitive and affective function: Review of the literature


1 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kocaeli University, Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Serdar Kabatas
Department of Neurosurgery, Baskent University, Oymaci Sokak No:7 34662 Altunizade, Istanbul
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.61272

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Tumors of the cerebellum and brainstem account for half of all brain tumors in children. The realization that cerebellar lesions produce clinically relevant intellectual disability makes it important to determine whether neuropsychological abnormalities occur in long-term survivors of pediatric cerebellar tumors. Little is known about the neurobehavioral sequale resulting specifically from the resection of these tumors in this population. We therefore reviewed neuropsychological findings associated with postoperative cerebellar mutism syndrome and discuss the further implications for cerebellar cognitive function.


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