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April 1952


AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;67(4):473-482. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320160057006

WHILE the clinical manifestations and experimental production of epileptic seizures of cerebral origin are well known and the electrical changes associated with such seizures have been extensively investigated, the concept of "cerebellar seizures," or "cerebellar fits," is an obscure one. Credit for the first description of a so-called cerebellar seizure is given to Wurffbain1 who in 1691 described a case of cerebellar tumor with severe seizures of head retraction. In 1871 Hughlings Jackson2 described a case of tumor of the middle lobe of the cerebellum with seizures characterized by clenching of the hands, flexion of the forearms, arching of the back and neck, and extension of the legs and feet. Since then, this type of seizure has become known generally as a "cerebellar fit," and a number of instances occurring with tumors of the posterior fossa have been reported.

Not all seizures associated with tumors of the posterior