Examination of the Cranial Nerves

Examination of the Cranial Nerves

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

The physical examination of the nervous system is a fundamental part of the standard physical exam and relies on the previous comprehension of the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system. Mainly, this exam consists of inspection by the physician while asking the patient to perform a series of tests.

The assessment focuses on the evaluation of proper functioning of the cranial nerves, motor processing, sensory processing, cortical sensation, and higher cortical processing. The key is to identify signs of abnormal functioning, such as limb ataxia, gait ataxia, imbalance, tremor, and signs of hemispheric stroke or delirium.

Course Details

  • Videos 6
  • Duration 0:43 h
  • Quiz questions 21
  • Articles 0


Your Educators of course Examination of the Cranial Nerves

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and subsequently completed his residency training and Chief Residency at Yale's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program before joining the program as an Assistant Professor. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program.

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great lectures
By Michelle W. on 07. June 2021 for Examination of the Cranial Nerves

Dr. Holt is an excellent teacher. He has a good pace (not too fast) and is very easy to understand. I enjoyed these lectures.