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Mutism after posterior fossa surgery. Review of the literature.
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PMID:  11516555     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mutism is an infrequent and transitory complication observed following posterior fossa surgery. Patients become mute in the immediate postoperative period, with restoration of speech within a few weeks. A review of the literature disclosed 157 patients with this condition. The anatomical structures thought to be involved are the connections between the cerebella dentate nucleous, the ventrolateral nucleous of the contalateral thalamus and the supplementary motor area. We reviewed 157 of cerebellar mutism; however several reports did not give sufficient information about the patients and 134 cases were selected for this study. The ages of the patients ranged from 2 to 61 years and the vermisat was the site of the tumour in 89% of the cases. All tumours were considered to be large or very large. The mutism lasted from 4 days to 52 months and was transient in all cases.
M Gelabert-González; J Fernández-Villa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical neurology and neurosurgery     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0303-8467     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Neurol Neurosurg     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-22     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2009-10-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502039     Medline TA:  Clin Neurol Neurosurg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  111-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neurosurgical Service, Department of Surgery, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebellar Neoplasms / surgery*
Child, Preschool
Follow-Up Studies
Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / surgery*
Middle Aged
Mutism / etiology*
Postoperative Complications / etiology*
Skull Base Neoplasms / surgery*

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