The cerebellum is the part of the brain responsible for coordination and balance. If this area of the brain was affected by the stroke, the patient may have problems in these areas. Fine motor tasks may be difficult. Movements may be jerky and uncoordinated. Performing daily cares, eating, and writing are all tasks that may be affected.
A stroke that occurs in the cerebellum may also cause the patient to have a staggering, unsteady gait. Balance may be impaired or difficulties incurred by changing positions too fast. Assistance with walking and daily cares may be needed until the patient learns to adjust to this problem, or until the problem resolves.