Cerebellar Examination

The cerebellar examination is performed in patients with neurological signs or symptoms of cerebellar pathology e.g dizziness, loss of balance or poor co-ordination.  There are many causes of cerebellar dysfunction and include vascular e.g. stroke, space-occupying lesions, multiple sclerosis and genetic conditions such as Friedreich’s Ataxia, to name a few.

The cerebellar examination needs to reflect these symptoms and as such involves examining the gait, balance and co-ordination.

Subject steps

  1. Wash your hands, introduce yourself to the patient and clarify their identity.  Explain what you would like to do and obtain consent

  2. Finish by washing your hands and thanking the patient. Summarise your findings to the examiner and offer a differential diagnosis.

    Common conditions include Parkinson’s disease and cerebellar ataxia.