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J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2014 Mar-Apr;31(2):78-83. doi: 10.1177/1043454213518975.

Cerebellar mutism after posterior fossa tumor resection: case discussion and recommendations for psychoeducational intervention.

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1Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA.


Cerebellar mutism (also known as posterior fossa syndrome) is a relatively common complication of posterior fossa surgery for primary brain tumors in children. Many children with cerebellar mutism experience long-term adverse neurological, cognitive, and psychological sequelae and require extensive interdisciplinary support. This study illustrates a typical case of cerebellar mutism in a child after resection of medulloblastoma, followed by a review of associated symptoms, clinical course, and modulating factors. Additionally, recommendations for providing educational support to children with cerebellar mutism are explored.


cerebellar mutism syndrome; neurocognitive function; posterior fossa syndrome; posterior fossa tumor; psychoeducation; speech disorder

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