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Here is a quick mnemonic “MUTATION to remember about Cerebellar Gait Ataxia

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Cerebellar Gait Ataxia : How To Remember Easily ?

  • M – Maintaining balance when turning is often an early feature.
  • U – Unable to walk tandem heel to toe and display truncal sway.
  • T – Trauma, tumor, and neurodegenerative disease can cause cerebellar ataxia in older patients.
  • A – Alcohol causes acute and chronic cerebellar ataxia.
  • T – The fragile X mutation (fragile X premutation) is associated with gait ataxia in older men.
  • I – Initially MRI demonstrates the extent and topography of cerebellar atrophy in patients with ataxia due to cerebellar degeneration.
  • O – Older patients with cerebellar ataxia may have multiple-system atrophy.
  • N – Narrow base of support, lateral instability of the trunk, erratic foot placement, and decompensation of balance are characteristic of cerebellar gait ataxia.

Mnemonic : MUTATION

Dr. Arin Nandi

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