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Cerebellar atrophy is a devastating disease that impacts coordination,  motor function,  and ability to swallow and speak.

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Cerebellar degeneration refers to the deterioration of neurons (nerve cells) in the cerebellum (the area of the brain that controls muscle coordination and balance).  Conditions that cause cerebellar atrophy  may also affect other areas of brain  including the cerebral cortex (the thin layer of cells covering the brain), and the brain stem.

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A diagnosis of cerebellar damage is often suspected when concerning signs and symptoms, such as a poorly coordinated gait (walk) and uncoordinated hand/finger movements, are present.

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