Cerebellar Stroke With Speed-Dependent Gait Ataxia
To the Editor:
We report on a 63-year-old woman with ischemic stroke of the right cerebellar hemisphere. Her symptoms, consisting of acute gait ataxia and left hemiataxia, were resolved in the following weeks, but we detected a speed-dependent improvement in her gait by moving fast. We therefore believe that the hypothesis of an autonomic spinal gait program becomes more evident and could be used in rehabilitation.
It was recently shown that gait training under maximum speed improves gait deficit in stroke patients.1 Despite the frequency of cerebral ischemic stroke, it is often difficult to answer the question concerning the persistence of an acute neurological deficit. Usually, a good clinical outcome …