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Three (3) minute neurological examination

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The 3-minute neurological examination has been designed by neurologists to exclude sinister causes of headache including brain tumour and haemorrhage. The brief neurological examination is suitable for patients whose history suggests migraine or tension-type headaches.



Romberg's test

Patient falling with eyes closed.

Tandem gait test

Heel-to-toe walking

Walking on heels

Tests pyramidal tract.

Drift of outstretched arms

Tests pyramidal tract.

Finger-nose test

Tests coordination.

Fine finger movements

Tests pyramidal and extrapyramidal tracts.

Hand tapping.

Cerebellar and brainstem disease.

Visual fields to confrontation

Eye movements

Face and tongue movements



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