This new volume in the Field Guide Series provides a detailed review of the basic neurologic exam, giving you the tools needed to obtain valuable diagnostic information and address specific clinical presentations. The guide's three sections include a brief overview of neurologic diagnosis, instructions on how to perform the basic components of the neurologic exam, and ways to tailor the exam to specific clinical situations.
Make the most of your next neurologic assessment!
Complete coverage promotes a thorough, practical, and clinically revealing exam technique, with insightful material on mental status, the cranial nerve, motor, sensory, and cerebellar examinations, and assessment of reflexes and gait.
Insight into the purpose of the different components of the examination, understanding when these examination elements should be performed, what you should look for, and what the findings mean.
Clinical focus assists in the practical bedside evaluation of common neurologic symptoms to help practitioners learn the importance of tailoring the history and neurologic examination based on the clinical setting.
Concise appendix of common neurologic tests provides brief summaries to help you choose the best approach for each patient.
SECTION I. NEUROLOGIC DIAGNOSIS: GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS The Role of the Neurologic Examination in Neurologic Diagnosis Localization of Neurologic Disease (Or What "...opathy" does the Patient Have?) Mechanisms of Neurologic Disease SECTION II. THE NEUROLOGIC EXAMINATION THE NEUROLOGIC HISTORY Taking a Neurologic History THE MENTAL STATUS EXAMINATION The Approach to the Mental Status Examination Language Testing Memory Testing The Mini-Mental-Status Examination THE CRANIAL NERVE EXAMINATION The Approach to the Examination of the Cranial Nerves Examination of the Pupils The Fundoscopic Examination Examination of Visual Acuity The Visual Field Examination Examination of Eye Movements Examination of Facial Sensation Examination of Facial Strength Examination of Jaw Strength Examination of Hearing Examination of Palatal Function Examination of Tongue Movement Examination of the Sternocleidomastoid and Trapezius Muscles Examination of Taste Examination of Smell THE MOTOR EXAMINATION The Approach to the Motor Examination Examination of Upper Extremity Strength Examination of Lower Extremity Strength Examination of Tone THE SENSORY EXAMINATION The Approach to the Sensory Examination Examination of Pin and Temperature Sensation Examination of Vibration and Position Sensation Examination of Cortical Sensation Romberg Testing THE CEREBELLAR EXAMINATION The Approach to the Cerebellar Examination Testing of Upper Extremity Cerebellar Function Testing of Lower Extremity Cerebellar Function THE REFLEX EXAMINATION The Approach to Reflex Testing Examination of Deep Tendon Reflexes Testing for Babinski Response THE GAIT EXAMINATION The Approach to the Gait Examination Examining Gait PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Performing a Complete Neurologic Examination SECTION III. THE NEUROLOGIC EXAMIINATION IN COMMON CLINICAL SITUATIONS Tailoring the Neurologic History and Examination to the Clinical Scenario Examination of the Comatose Patient Examination of the Confused Patient Examination of the Patient with Dementia Examination of the Dizzy Patient Examination of the Patient with Falls Examination of the Patient with Headache Examination of the Patient with Tremor and Other Abnormal Movements Examination of the Patient with Numbness Examination of the Patient with Back Pain Examination of the Patient with Neck Pain Examination of the Patient with a Speech Problem Examination of the Patient with Syncope Examination of the Patient with Transient Focal Neurologic Symptoms Examination of the Patient with Visual Problems Examination of the Patient with Weakness Examination of the Patient with a Suspected Spinal Cord Problem Examination of the Patient with a Suspected Stroke Examination of the Patient without Neurologic Symptoms: The "Screening" Neurologic Examination