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Acute cerebellar ataxia and peripheral neuropathy due to an atypical infection


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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