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Acute cerebellar ataxia and peripheral neuropathy due to an atypical infection
  1. Manjunath Hoskote Venkatesh,
  2. Stalin Viswanathan,
  3. Jayachandran Selvaraj and
  4. Vivekanandan Pillai
  1. Department of General Medicine, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education, Pondicherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stalin Viswanathan; stalinviswanathan{at}


This 18-year-old boy presented to the hospital with symptoms of cerebellar dysfunction preceded by an acute febrile illness with rash. Examination showed evidence of left-sided cerebellar dysfunction and polyneuropathy. Empirical treatment for leptospirosis and scrub typhus was initiated. MRI was normal. Other organ dysfunctions in the form of thrombocytopenia and transaminitis were also observed. He recovered without sequelae. A diagnosis of acute cerebellar ataxia and polyneuropathy due to scrub typhus was made.

  • tropical medicine (infectious disease)
  • brain stem / cerebellum

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  • Contributors MHV: drafting the manuscript. SV: literature search and editing manuscript. JS: concept and acquisition of data. VP: editing manuscript and final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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