Cerebellar Cysts in Children: a Pattern Recognition Approach

Eugen Boltshauser, Ianina Scheer, Thierry A.G.M. Huisman, Andrea Poretti

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Cerebellar cysts may be seen in selected genetic disorders and acquired anomalies. Here, we review our experience, excluding cystic tumors and parasitic cysts. The pathogenesis is heterogeneous: Cysts may involve/represent normal structures (e.g., Virchow-Robin spaces), be “destructive” (such as in some types of pontocerebellar hypoplasias), “malformative” (such as in some forms of congenital muscular dystrophies and GPR56-related migration disorders), or “disruptive” (such as in some cerebellar dysplasias). The provided checklist may be useful in deciding targeted diagnostic workup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number633
Pages (from-to)308-316
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 15 2015


  • Cerebellar cysts
  • Cerebellar dysplasia
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy
  • Pontocerebellar hypoplasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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