Story by: Kim Huston on January 23, 2020
Your child was referred to a pediatric neurologist for a neurological exam, also called a neuro exam, part of a complete neurological evaluation. You know your pediatrician and generally what to expect during those visits. What happens in a neurological exam, and what can you expect?
Your pediatrician may suggest a complete evaluation of your child’s nervous system if the doctor suspects your child might have an underlying issue. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord and the nerves in these areas, including the muscles, also called the neuromuscular system. Some reasons why you may be referred for a complete neurological exam include:
Depending on your child’s age, the tests may be slightly different. However, this is a good overview of areas and functions that may be evaluated during a neurological exam, including:
Connect to the Norton Children’s Hospital neurology team.
The neurological examination is always interpreted and acted upon in light of the complete neurological picture.