Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis--another cause of post malaria cerebellar ataxia

J Assoc Physicians India. 2001 Jul;49:756-8.


The aetio-pathogenesis of delayed onset cerebellar ataxia following Plasmodium falciparum malaria is uncertain. An autoimmune demyelinating pathology has been suspected though not yet definitively substantiated. In the present communication we report a case of delayed onset cerebellar ataxia following acute falciparum malaria, where magnetic resonance imaging revealed demyelinating lesions in the pons and cerebellar peduncles which disappeared after resolution of symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / etiology*
  • Cerebellum / pathology
  • Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated / diagnosis
  • Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Malaria, Falciparum / complications*
  • Male
  • Pons / pathology