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What is INFARCT ? Infarct on CEREBELLUM ?

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What is INFARCT ?

Infarct on CEREBELLUM ?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 4 years ago.
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An infarct of the cerebellum is a type of stroke affecting a particular portion of the brain.

An infarct (also called an infarction) is the general term for the death of tissue from poor blood supply and lack of oxygen. When there is an infarct of tissue, the dead tissue is usually removed as part of the healing process and replaced with scar tissue or a collection of fluid. This same term is used to describe the death of many different tissues throughout the body, such as heart tissue (a myocardial infarction), lung (pulmonary infarction), or of the cerebrum, the large portion of the brain (cerebral infarction). An infarct of the heart is commonly called a heart attack, while an infarct of the brain is commonly called a stroke.

When referring to the brain, the cerebrum is the large portion of the brain, but the cerebellum is a smaller portion of the brain towards the back and below the cerebrum. The cerebellum is primarily involved with coordination of muscular actions. The primary nerves that tell a muscle to move is in the cerebrum, so if affected, these muscles will become weak or paralyzed. But the cerebellum is where muscular actions are coordinated, so any condition affecting the cerebellum will typically affect coordination. The muscles are not paralyzed, but they do not work well together to accomplish tasks.

Therefore, an infarct of the cerebellum is a stroke of the cerebellum.

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