An adult woman from China just figured out that a part of her brain is missing!


After 20 years of struggling from dizziness and nausea and inability to walk steadily, a 24-year-old female patient in China’s Shandong Provice  finally checked into the Hospital, and her diagnosis took doctors by surprise! She had been missing a big part of her brain, specifically, the cerebellum. Cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”) is a part of the brain at the back of the skull in vertibrates. Its function is to coordinate and regulate muscular activity.

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According to the patient’s mother, she was 4 years old before she could even stand unassisted and began to walk by herself at the age of 7, with a persistently unsteady gait. She even never ran or jumped and had always a hard time in maintining her balance, not so surprising since the cerebellum is important for motor control. Her speech is not intelligable until 6 years of age and did not enter school — scientists proved that the cerebellum plays a part in language development.

On the other hand, her condition has given scientists a great help in understing more about neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to adapt itself to changes in behavior, environment, or the body. This is only the ninth time that doctors have found someone to be missing a whole cerebellum, and most of the others have only been discovered after their early deaths. So essentially, it took less than a decade of life for the rest of her brain to pick up the missing cerebellum’s slack. The fact that the patient is alive and thriving is incredible.

An adult woman from China just figured out that a part of her brain is missing!

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