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Posterior Fossa Tumour

Medulloblastoma

Medulloblastomas usually develop in a part of the brain called the posterior fossa and are most commonly found in the cerebellum, an area of the posterior fossa that controls coordination and balance. Medulloblastoma can occur in both children and adults but is more common in children. They occur more often in males than females.

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Resource:  National Center for Biotechnology Information

Rare Haemorrhage in Medulloblastoma

Children with medulloblastomas most commonly present with signs and symptoms of elevated intracranial pressure due to obstructive hydrocephalus, especially headaches and vomiting. However, some pediatric patients present with sudden neurological deterioration due to intracerebellar hemorrhage associated with medulloblastoma, although very few reports exist that document this phenomenon.

Zechariah's case is rare. He developed hemorrhage in medulloblastoma which lead to sudden neurological deterioration and brain death. He passed on peacefully 10 days after his "first headache".

Abstract taken from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4611908

Survivors

A consequence of surgery in this brain region is posterior fossa syndrome (PFS), sometimes referred to as cerebellar mutism. PFS occurs in up to 29% of medulloblastoma patients following surgery. Patients with PFS generally present with diminished speech or mutism that can be accompanied by ataxia, hypotonia, emotional lability, and other neurobehavioral abnormalities. The road to recovery for these children are long and exhausting. 

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Reference: https://academic.oup.com/neuro-oncology/article/19/12/1673/3979421

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Established in March 2014, they are now a registered charity in Singapore with effect from 16 September 2019.