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 7
  • Duration 0:46 h
  • Quiz questions 21
  • Articles 0


Your Educators of course Examination of the Cranial Nerves

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Washington, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Co-Director of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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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.