Saturday, May 13, 2017

Authors' diary: Cerebellar tumor location and associated symptoms


In 2013, I wrote this anatomy mnemonic on parts of the cerebellum and their functions.

I was tested this fact in a question today and I got it right. Yaay! :D

The question asked about a tumor, expected to know the most common location of the tumor and then expected you to know the symptoms caused due to it's location. Ooooh!

Anyway, lemme summarize what you should know:

Medulloblastomas usually occur in the vermis and spare the cerebellar hemispheres - They are more likely to cause truncal ataxia.

Pilocytic astrocytomas occur in the cerebellar hemispheres - They are more likely to cause intention tremors.

Added by VM:
An ependymoma can also cause truncal ataxia just like medulloblastoma. Ependymoma can be differentiated by it's location, again. Being more common on the floor of fourth ventricle, it will irritate area postrema and cause vomiting. It can also cause CN 7, CN 10 and CN 12 palsies. 

It's funny how in your preclinical years, all you ask is, "WHY DO I HAVE TO LEARN THIS?" 
And in your clinical years, you are always like - I wish I took my first and second year seriously! :P


No comments:

Post a Comment

This is express yourself space. Where you type create something beautiful! <3
Wondering what do I write? Well...
Tell us something you know better. You are a brilliant mind. Yes, you are! ^__^
Ask about something you don't understand @_@?
Compliment... Say something nice! =D
Be a good critic and correct us if something went wrong :|
Go ahead. Comment all you like here! (:

PS: We have moderated comments to reduce spam. ALL comments that are not spam will be published on the website.