- Webinar recorded on Thu 16th May, 2013
- 1 hours 1 mins
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People often find that neurology is one of the mysteries of veterinary medicine, when in fact it is like a puzzle; you just need to put all the pieces together!
There are two vital pieces of information, which are required before even starting the neurological examination. The first is a detailed history of the problem from the owner’s perspective. Many patients are nervous in the consulting room and may not demonstrate subtle abnormalities, which the owner has witnessed at home. It is also important to assess the extent of the problem. The history can help you to ultimately compile a differential diagnosis list and diagnostic plan.
The other very important piece of information is the result of the clinical examination. There are certain conditions, which can mimic a neurological problem. For example bilateral cruciate rupture can certainly appear as a spinal lesion. Cardiac disease resulting in syncope can manifest as a type of seizure. The general health of the patient is important to help you compile a diagnostic plan. Is the patient safe for anesthesia?
During this talk, we will run through the neurological examination and identify tips for getting the most out of the examination. We will discuss how to use this information to localize the lesion, which is a vital step in working out the diagnostic plan. Does the patient really need an MRI?