High-dose piracetam is effective on cerebellar ataxia in a patient with cerebellar cortical atrophy

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Vural M., Ozekmekci S., Apaydin H. , Altinel A.

MOVEMENT DISORDERS, cilt.18, ss.457-459, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 18 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/mds.10364
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.457-459


We describe a patient with cerebellar ataxia of degenerative nature who was administered high-dose piracetam in a single-blind trial. Piracetam was demonstrated to be highly effective on tandem gait and gait ataxia in daily doses of 60 g. We suggest piracetam has a potential anti-ataxic effect in human cerebellar ataxia when used in considerably higher doses than those indicated for other purposes. (C) 2003 Movement Disorder Society.

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