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Cerebellar mutism after posterior fossa tumor resection: case discussion and recommendations for psychoeducational intervention.

Authors
  • Ross, Sarah G
  • Northman, Lisa
  • Morris, Marybeth
  • Green, Adam L
  • Ullrich, Nicole J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of pediatric oncology nursing : official journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Volume
31
Issue
2
Pages
78–83
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1043454213518975
PMID: 24608700
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Cerebellar mutism (also known as posterior fossa syndrome) is a relatively common complication of posterior fossa surgery for primary brain tumors in children. Many children with cerebellar mutism experience long-term adverse neurological, cognitive, and psychological sequelae and require extensive interdisciplinary support. This study illustrates a typical case of cerebellar mutism in a child after resection of medulloblastoma, followed by a review of associated symptoms, clinical course, and modulating factors. Additionally, recommendations for providing educational support to children with cerebellar mutism are explored.

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