This week I admitted another really interesting neurology case. Pierre, a 3 year-old boy, had pneumonia diagnosed a few days before and then came to the hospital with something called a “post-infectious” process. In other words, his body’s immune system went a little haywire after the infection and started attacking his nervous system.
The part of his brain that was affected was his cerebellum and he was unable to walk. He had normal sensation and strength, but when he tried to put one foot in front of the other, he looked like a drunken tot.
After just a few days of observation, Pierre was back on his feet and his case of “Acute Cerebellar Ataxia” was behind him.