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Keywords:

  • Ataxia;
  • Hemiparesis;
  • Corticopontocerebellar pathway;
  • Cerebellocortical pathway

Abstract

It has recently been proposed that the ataxia in ataxic hemiparesis is a clumsiness common to all patients with hemiparesis and not indicative of any involvement of corticopontocerebellar or cerebellocortical pathways. In disagreement with this view, we report here that a patient with ataxic hemiparesis, following a lesion of the corona radiata, showed the disorders in kinematic and electromyographic (EMG) parameters of goal-directed movements that have recently been demonstrated to be characteristic of patients with cerebellar lesions. This suggests involvement of corticopontocerebellar or cerebellocortical pathways in ataxic hemiparesis.