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Neurologic deficit

 

A neurologic deficit refers to abnormal function of a body area due to weaker function of the brain, spinal cord, muscles, or nerves.

Examples include:

  • Abnormal reflexes
  • Inability to speak
  • Decreased sensation
  • Loss of balance
  • Mental function problems
  • Vision changes
  • Walking problems
  • Weakness of the arms or legs

 

References

Griggs RC, Jozefowicz RF, Aminoff MJ. Approach to the patient with neurologic disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 403.

 
  • Nervous system

    Nervous system - illustration

    The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.

    Nervous system

    illustration

    • Nervous system

      Nervous system - illustration

      The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.

      Nervous system

      illustration

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          Review Date: 2/3/2015

          Reviewed By: Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, Attending Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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