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.
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