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(NEWSER) – The cerebellum is a pretty important part of the brain—it plays a key role in walking, among other movements—so doctors in China were more than a little surprised when a 24-year-old patient who lives a relatively normal life turned out not to have one. A CAT scan revealed nothing but cerebrospinal fluid where the "little brain," which contains around half the brain's neurons, was supposed to be, reports the New Scientist.

The woman had sought medical help after experiencing a month of vomiting; she also noted she has always walked unsteadily. She has slightly slurred speech, and her mother told doctors she hadn't started walking until age 7 or speaking intelligibly until around age 6.

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