2019/11/17

thumbnail

Woman feeling dizzy finds out she's missing her cerebellum

  


In 2014, a Chinese woman in her 20's sought treatment for recurring problems with balance and dizziness, reports a case study published in the journal Brain. But when doctors looked at brain imaging via a CT scan and MRI, they discovered their patient was living without her cerebellum.


This young woman falls within a small group of nine people diagnosed with cerebellar agenesis, the study reports. Despite being born without this essential part, the woman learned to walk and talk, although her mother reported she learned these actions around age 6 and 7.


However, the young woman had always struggled with walking steadily and had some trouble pronouncing words, according to the study.


Scientists have long known about the cerebellums function in finetuning motor skills and balance. However, scientists have a new insight into the cerebellum engaging in language and other similar functions.


Dr. James Knierim from Johns Hopkins University talks more about the cerebellum and its function in an online textbook called Neuroscience. The textbook is a public resource provided by McGovern Medical School from the University of Texas Health.


Knierim said that the cerebellum is historically considered as part of the motor system, but its functions extend beyond motor control in ways that are not yet well understood.


Yes, these nine living, breathing cases are adding to the research pile, revealing what the brain can do with or without the cerebellum.


However, the functioning abilities of people living without this integral organ have been a source of expert debate. Scientists like Mitchell Glickstein have challenged the earliest cases because reports dont include specifics about the physical difficulties that patients have had to live with.


To support these questions, other cases of cerebellar agenesis didnt have as positive an outlook as the Chinese womans.


Other cases have involved severely impaired children who might also suffer from epilepsy or brain lesions, states the case study published in Brain. These cases often end in early death.


However, on the other end of the spectrum are cases like this one. The young Chinese woman had a relatively normal childhood development and only mild motor disabilities, the study says, a fact that points to the brains adaptability.


In fact, Jonathan Keleher is another cerebellar agenesis case with a happy ending. Keleher has minor deficiencies with walking, talking and balancing, reports a story in NPR. But the young man has lived a fairly normal and productive life otherwise.


Keleher is described as a people person who loves to listen to conversation. However, Keleher does have trouble understanding emotions and deep thinking the same way that people with their cerebellums can.


Cases like these two have garnered interest from researchers and bystanders alike. With time and research, the true effects of living sans cerebellum may come to light more, helping scientists better understand the role the cerebellum plays in physical functions.


Source: Fox News


Editor's Picks


  • More and more Chinese women seek foreign husbands

  • Top 10 Common Differences Between Western and Chinese Culture

  • White guy hilariously imitates Chinese girls in 4-minute clip

  • 18 pictures that prove autocorrect is ruining our lives

  • English gone wrong, horribly wrong, on shirts in China

  • 24 awesome Chinglish signs

  • Top 100 usefull Chinese phrases

  • Xi'an university implements absurd female urinals to save water


Buy 15 English picture books at 29 RMB



Each package contains 15 books which is initally priced at 299 RMB, anybody who is follower of our WeChat official account is entitled to purchasing this book at 29 RMB only (shipping fee included within mainland China). 


How to Buy:


Option 1: Buy at our Weidian () Panda Guides: Long press the following QR-code



Option 2: please add WeChat: 18115908753 or long press the following QR-code, and send request of "buy book"


\n

Subscribe by Email

Follow Updates Articles from This Blog via Email

No Comments

Blogroll