Neurological exam - Definition

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The neurological examination is an examination by a doctor to look for abnormalities in the nervous system and in some cases, to suspect a diagnosis. After questioning the patient or their loved ones, if necessary, the clinical examination itself is more or less detailed depending on the patient's functional complaints. A complete neurological examination is long and requires a battery of tests to evaluate motor skills, muscle strength, reflexes, coordination of movement, balance, sensitivity in different areas of the skin, language, memory, and examination of the various cranial nerves. Based on the results of the examination, and diagnostic assumptions made by the practitioner, additional tests such as a CT scan or MRI brain imaging, electroencephalogram, blood panel, and many other tests may be performed.