Movement Disorders Following Cerebrovascular Lesions in Cerebellar Circuits

J Mov Disord. 2016 May;9(2):80-8. doi: 10.14802/jmd.16004. Epub 2016 May 25.


Cerebellar circuitry is important to controlling and modifying motor activity. It conducts the coordination and correction of errors in muscle contractions during active movements. Therefore, cerebrovascular lesions of the cerebellum or its pathways can cause diverse movement disorders, such as action tremor, Holmes' tremor, palatal tremor, asterixis, and dystonia. The pathophysiology of abnormal movements after stroke remains poorly understood. However, due to the current advances in functional neuroimaging, it has recently been described as changes in functional brain networks. This review describes the clinical features and pathophysiological mechanisms in different types of movement disorders following cerebrovascular lesions in the cerebellar circuits.

Keywords: Cerebellum; Cerebrovascular disorder; Movement disorder; Strokes.

Publication types

  • Review