Journal article

Instrumented Objective Clinical Examination of Cerebellar Ataxia: the Upper and Lower Limb-a Review

Laura Power, Pubudu Pathirana, Malcolm Horne, Sarah Milne, Amanda Marriott, David J Szmulewicz

The Cerebellum | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Cerebellar dysfunction results in impairments in co-ordination or 'ataxia'. Bedside examination of cerebellar function has changed little since the early nineteenth century with the exception being the oculomotor examination which has become instrumented. Otherwise, competence and confidence in performing the clinical assessment relies heavily on the skill and experience of the clinician. Potentially, instrumented objective measurement will more accurately assess the severity of ataxia and the changes brought about by advancing therapies in pharmaceutical trials and in rehabilitation intervention. This study describes instrumented versions of several bedside tests of cerebellar function, inc..

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Grants

Awarded by Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia, through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia, through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Grant: GNT1101304 and APP1129595) and CSIRO Data61.