Woman missing cerebellum: Patient in China missing part of her bran (VIDEO).

A Chinese Woman is Living With No Cerebellum in Her Brain. How Is That Possible?

A Chinese Woman is Living With No Cerebellum in Her Brain. How Is That Possible?

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Sept. 16 2014 1:39 PM

The Case of the Missing Cerebellum

How did a Chinese woman live 24 years missing part of her brain?

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When a woman visited a hospital in eastern China complaining of dizziness and nausea, doctors performed routine scans. What they found startled them: The woman was completely missing her cerebellum, only the ninth known patient to live with her condition. A new study in Brain suggests her case is a remarkable example of neuroplasticity.

Paca Thomas is a regular video contributor to Slate.