WHAT IS A NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION?
Neurology studies diseases of the central nervous system (brain, cerebellum, brainstem, spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system including skeletal muscle (peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction and skeletal muscle).
A neurological examination is a specialist examination in which the neurologist assesses the health of the nervous system.
WHY A NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION?
The neurological examination is used to detect the presence of neurological problems, i.e., pathologies affecting the nervous system, and to try to define their nature and possible therapeutic approaches.
HOW DOES THE NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION TAKE PLACE?
It is carried out starting from the patient's anamnesis: in a comprehensive interview, the neurologist collects all the information needed to better define the clinical picture, including information on family history of neurological diseases, lifestyle, clinical history, and defining the symptoms and signs of onset of the disease.
The doctor then performs a neurological examination, defines a possible diagnosis according to an algorithm marked by the various guidelines and personal experience and prescribes, to confirm, instrumental examinations aimed at indicating the definitive diagnosis as soon as possible.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION?
No specific preparation is required, but it is recommended that a companion or family member accompany the patient to provide information that may be useful for the best diagnostic definition.
NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION AT AUXOLOGY
Neurology is an area of clinical and research excellence at Auxologico, where there is also an inpatient hospitalisation service.
Outpatient activities are carried out at all Auxologico centres in Lombardy and Piedmont, where the Diagnostic Imaging equipment and the neuropsychological assessments necessary for the most correct diagnostic framework are available.