Quick Guide in History Taking and Physical Examination

Neurological Examination

Author(s): Nasser Ghaly Yousif*, Najah R. Hadi* and Fadhil G. Alamran * .

Pp: 101-150 (50)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815196894123010007

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


A neurological exam, also called a neuro exam, is an evaluation of a person's nervous system that can be done in the physcians. It may be done with instruments, such as lights and reflex hammers. It usually does not cause any pain to the patient. The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves from these areas. There are many aspects of this exam, including an assessment of motor and sensory skills, balance and coordination, mental status (the patient's level of awareness and interaction with the environment), reflexes, and functioning of the nerves. The extent of the exam depends on many factors, including the initial problem that the patient is experiencing, the age of the patient, and the condition of the patient. 

Keywords: Nervous system, cranial nerve, Reflex.

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