Anti-Yo positive and late-onset paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration associated with ovarian carcinoma: A case report

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Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD) is a rare nonmetastatic neurological complication often associated with ovarian, breast, and other gynecologic cancers. Anti-Yo is one of the antionconeural antibodies found in patients with PCD. It primarily emerges before a malignancy is detected.

Patient concerns:

In this report, we describe an unusual case involving a patient who exhibited anti-Yo-positive PCD 1 year after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.


Histopathology of the resected tissues and Antineuronal antibody testing.


The patient was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG, 1 g/d) for 1 week and a large-dose of methylprednisolone (0.4 g/kg/d) for 5 days. At the same time, underlying complications were prevented actively, and the peripheral nerves were protected.


Although most patients with anti-Yo-positive PCD do not improve after treatment, our patient significantly improved after receiving active and effective treatment.

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