heel-shin test

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The heel-shin test is a part of the neurological examination of co-ordination:

  • the patient runs the sole of one foot up and down the shin of the opposite leg
  • if cerebellar disease is present, then the test is performed poorly and intention tremor may become pronounced
  • if there is posterior column loss then performance is made worse if the patient closes his eyes

Last reviewed 01/2018

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