My 18 year old son who has been living a very normal and active life was diagnosed with mild cerebellar atrophy 2 days ago. He started with stiffness and tightness in his legs (esp at the knees) at first we thought it was an orthorpaedic problem. Now, I am scared to death and confused because I thought cerebellar atrophy usually afflicts the aged. Please advise me. I am terrified that he will become worse...He has not fallen down or had any trauma to the head.
Hi, Thank you for your question. Dysarthria , dysphagia and spinocerebellar ataxia occurs due to atrophy of the cerebellum and is a progressive gait disorder that also may be associated with lack of coordination of hands, eye movements and speech. Although there is no permanent cure for spinocerebellar ataxia and may get worse with time. Treatments are generally limited to provide symptomatic relief. Person with the disease may need assistance to perform daily essential tasks and wheelchair. Hope this information proves helpful.