The PhysioFunction team achieve amazing results with clients recovering from posterior fossa tumour resection. Some examples of the therapy you may receive include:
Posterior Fossa Syndrome (PFS) is a common complication of posterior fossa tumour resection, particularly medulloblastoma, the most prevalent brain tumour in childhood. PFS, which is also known as cerebellar mutism, has been reported to affect between 8 and 39% of children after posterior fossa surgery, and affects the structures of the brain located in the posterior fossa:
Symptoms of PFS commonly include difficulties with:
Many of the symptoms of PFS improve with time but recovery is often incomplete, and patients are left with some degree of limitation, which in some cases can impact their ability to live independently.
Physiotherapy - Physiotherapy treatment help manage the symptoms of PFS. The common aims of rehabilitation can be:
Occupational Therapy – An OT will provide assistance with activities of daily living, help make adaptations and provide equipment for home and mobility. They will also support in returning to school, work and leisure activities.
Speech and Language Therapy - A SLP can provide support, treatment and advice in communication, speech and swallowing.
Medical Management – Monitors, manages and prescribes medication when appropriate to address symptoms.
Psychologists, Dieticians and experts from other professions may also be involved.