Physical examination of the neurological system, although a non-parametric and subjective tool, is rapid and easy to perform and is useful in the detection of changes in the patient's neurological status. Its importance should not be overlooked and it should be a basic skill of all staff involved in the care of the neurological patient. Inter-observer variation is common but may be minimized by the use of quantitative examination methods. Mental status, motor/sensory assessment and coordination testing may all be rapidly evaluated in the conscious patient. Both conscious and unconscious patients should be assessed for pupillary size and light response, deep tendon reflexes and response to peripheral noxious stimuli. Pupillary deviation and flexor or extensor posturing may also be present.
The desire for quantification of neurological status has led to the development and wide
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