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The unusual case of a woman without cerebellum that has surprised the scientific community

The unusual case of a woman without cerebellum that has surprised the scientific community

October 5, 2022

The cerebellum is an area attached to the brain that is essential for the proper functioning of our nervous system. Located in the brain, Its main function is to integrate the sensory and motor pathways . The cerebellum connects the information that the senses receive to send and control the orders that the cerebral cortex sends to the locomotor system.

A woman has lived 24 years without a cerebellum ... and is waiting for a baby

In fact, this is what was believed until now. The scientific publication Brain has reported in recent days the curious case of a Chinese woman of 24 years who, after undergoing several medical examinations to find out the cause of vomiting, dizziness and malaise she suffered, has discovered that he has no cerebellum. Needless to say, this has caused stupefaction both in the patient and in the scientific community.


In addition, the young woman without cerebellum is pregnant, as confirmed Brain. Apparently, the pregnancy did not have any kind of complication and no history of neurological disorder has been detected among her relatives. However, it has been noted that the mother of the girl confirmed that the motor and communicative development of the patient was late. According to his words, he could not walk without help until he was six and his ability to communicate was delayed until seven. Delays that, as is easy to deduce, occurred as a consequence of not having a cerebellum.

One of the nine documented cases of people without a cerebellum

The young woman is one of the nine adults who, in a documented way, have achieved survive childhood despite not having a cerebellum . Of these nine cases, six are women and three are men.


The strange case of this Chinese woman demonstrates the wonderful ability of our brain to adapt to survival in the most inhospitable conditions. In this case, even lacking a part, the cerebellum, which is considered essential for the execution of basic functions. It shows this, too, that the brain system is able to replace functions and compensate for the missing parts .


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