How is ACA diagnosed? – (Posted late on 12/29 from 12/23)

Once dad or anyone suspected of having a damaged cerebellum sees a neurologist, they need to realize (and so will you as their caretaker) that several tests will need to be run to see exactly what has caused the damage – ACA (Acute Cerebellar Ataxia) or something else.

The specialist will not only perform a routine physical examination, but also do various other neurological assessments. He or she may also test the following:

  • hearing
  • memory
  • balance
  • vision
  • concentration
  • reflexes
  • coordination

Remember that ACA can be caused by a virus, but if the individual being tested has not been infected with any viruses lately, the physician will continue his or her research for other signs and symptoms of conditions and disorders that may commonly lead to ACA.

Knowing and realizing that further tests may be run to evaluate your client or loved ones symptoms will help you communicate this factor, thus showing them that you believe that With Age Comes Respect. Some of the tests may include:

  • A nerve conduction study determines whether the nerves are working correctly.
  • Electromyography (EMG)records and evaluates the electrical activity in their muscles.
  • spinal tap allows the doctor to examine their cerebrospinal fluid. This is the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain.
  • complete blood count (CBC) determines whether there are any decreases or increases in the number of blood cells. This can help the doctor assess their overall health.
  • The doctor may also look for brain damage using a CT or MRI scan. These imaging tests provide detailed pictures of the brain, allowing the doctor to get a closer look and evaluate any damage in the brain more easily.
  • Other tests the doctor might perform include a urinalysis and an ultrasound.
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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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