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Acute pediatric cerebellitis and mutism. Case report and review of the literature


1,Department of Pediatrics Catholic University Medical School of Rome

2Unit of Pediatric Neurology, Catholic University Medical School of Rome

DOI: 10.22514/SV62.102011.11 Vol.6,Issue 2,October 2011 pp.78-81

Published: 31 October 2011

*Corresponding Author(s): ANTONIO CHIARETTI E-mail:


Acute cerebellitis (AC) is a rare syndrome characterized by an inflammatory involvement of the cerebellum which can com-plicate infections or vaccinations. AC can be a life-threatening condition, presenting with speech disorders including long-lasting mutism, usually followed by dysarthria. Clinical examination, laboratory findings and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are essential for establishing an early diagnosis and initiating prompt and adequate treatment, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality. We report a case of a child with AC complicated by mutism and we present a review of the literature of pediatric cases with this condition.


cerebellitis, mutism, dysarthria, childhood

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CLAUDIA FANTACCI ,TGIULIA BERSANI,PIERO VALENTINI,FILOMENA PIERRI,PAOLO MARIOTTTI,DANIELE SERRANTI,ANTONIO CHIARETTI . Acute pediatric cerebellitis and mutism. Case report and review of the literature. Signa Vitae. 2011. 6(2);78-81.


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