Improving the motor skill of children with posterior fossa syndrome: A case series

Regina Harbourne, Katherine Becker, David J. Arpin, Tony W. Wilson, Max J. Kurz

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Children who receive treatment for medulloblastoma have a high survival rate, but also a high likelihood of developing posterior fossa syndrome, a condition that includes devastating balance and motor problems. This case series used 2 novel neuromodulation devices in conjunction with an intensive physical therapy intervention for 2 children who were 5 years post tumor treatment with a diagnosis of posterior fossa syndrome. Preand postclinical measures, in addition to magnetoencephalography brain imaging, describe positive behavioral and neuroplastic changes resulting from the intervention. The positive outcomes in these cases suggest that further study is needed using neuromodulatory devices and long-term rehabilitation in children with balance and movement disorders resulting from cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-468
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • Brain/physiopathology
  • Cancer
  • Child
  • Electric stimulation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Models/neurological
  • Motor skills
  • Neuropathways/physiopathology
  • Physical therapy
  • Posterior fossa syndrome
  • Postural balance/physiology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensation disorders/physiopathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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