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Case Report Volume 5 Issue 12

Delayed Cerebellar Ataxia: Neurological sequelae of Malaria in an Adolescent Girl

Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka1,2, Andrew Weil Semulimi1, Namanya Sylvester1, Nestor Mbabazi1, Victor Musiime1,2, Irene Lubega1 and Edison Arwanire Mworozi1*

1Mulago National Referral Hospital Kampala, Uganda
2Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

*Corresponding Author: Edison Arwanire Mworozi, Mulago National Referral Hospital Kampala, Uganda.

Received: September 30, 2021; Published: November 23, 2021


Background: Malaria remains a serious infectious disease causing a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Whereas cerebral malaria and other neurological sequelae have been described among under-fives and adults, a case of delayed cerebellar ataxia has not been published among adolescents in Uganda.

Case Presentation: A 10-year-old, HIV- negative girl who initially presented with severe headache and new-onset seizures, who developed severe cerebellar ataxia and vertigo on Day 14 after treatment. Notably, she had no other risk factors for cerebellar ataxia and had a normal cerebrospinal fluid and a normal CT-scan report. She was treated with anti-malarial medication, anti-convulsant therapy and antihistamines. She was discharged home in a stable condition.

Conclusion: We describe a case of delayed cerebellar ataxia in a 10 year-old HIV negative adolescent girl after completing her course of anti-malarial treatment. This case highlights the need of immediate follow-up of adolescents with cerebral malaria since they may present with delayed cerebellar ataxia.

Keywords: Cerebral Malaria; Delayed Cerebellar Ataxia; Adolescent


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Citation: Edison Arwanire Mworozi., et al. “Delayed Cerebellar Ataxia: Neurological sequelae of Malaria in an Adolescent Girl". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 5.12 (2021): 148-150.


Copyright: © 2021 Edison Arwanire Mworozi., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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