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Neurological testing for a more accurate diagnosis


This website provides information about tests for common neurological symptoms.

It is designed to provide an information platform for both patients and doctors.

The most important aspect in medicine is the taking of a careful history to assess the origin of symptoms. The clinical examination is then used to confirm or refute a provisional diagnosis.

Neurological tests are performed to confirm the diagnosis and guide treatment decisions.
 

About Dr. Mossman

Dr Stuart Mossman
Dr Mossman trained as a Neurologist in New Zealand. He then completed postgraduate training in London, where he worked at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases Queen Square... 

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inner ear

Dizziness: assessed by caloric tests and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials

The inner ear contains important mechanisms for monitoring and adjusting our balance. The right and left inner ear mechanisms work in synchrony to maintain our stability. Impaired function in one ear may be manifest with symptoms of dizziness or vertigo (an illusion of movement) and imbalance. Investigations supporting a diagnosis enable different treatments for relief of symptoms.
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query epilepsy

Epilepsy: query epilepsy attacks with assessment by EEG


 
Epilepsy is relatively common affecting 4% of persons in their lifetime. Altered electrical firing on one area of the brain, responsible for epilepsy can produce a wide range of symptoms. Although the diagnosis of epilepsy is made primarily by listening to a patient's story the recording of brain waves (Electroencephalography or EEG) can provide more diagnostic information which may then guide the choice of treatment.
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numbness

Sensory symptoms: numbness and tingling assessed by nerve conduction studies

Sensory symptoms of numbness or tingling can occur from pressure on nerves. A normal experience of this is with prolonged sitting when your leg may go numb. Numbness and tingling eg in the hands may sometimes be due to abnormal pressure on nerves at the wrist or the elbow. Nerve conduction studies assess any impairment of the transmission of electrical pulses and provide a definite  diagnosis of nerve entrapment at different sites.
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