1. Seizure Etiology/ Therapies:
Exploring the Essentials: A Comprehensive Guide to the Neurologic Exam
In this lesson, we will embark on a journey into the realm of neurology as we explore the basics of the neurologic exam. The neurologic exam is a crucial component of assessing patients with suspected or known neurological conditions. This interactive session aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the key components and techniques involved in performing a thorough neurologic examination.
Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice, participants will learn the step-by-step approach to assessing the central and peripheral nervous systems. We will cover the examination of mentation, cranial nerves, gait, postural reactions, motor function including reflexes, and sensory function. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing normal findings, identifying abnormalities, and interpreting their significance in the context of different neurological conditions. Participants will also explore the nuances of communicating and documenting neurologic findings effectively.
Furthermore, common challenges encountered during the neurologic exam, such as patient cooperation, varying levels of consciousness, and interpreting subtle abnormalities, will be addressed.
By the end of this lesson, participants will have gained confidence in their ability to perform a basic neurologic examination and interpret the findings. This session will equip veterinary professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for accurate neurologic assessment, aiding in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neurological disorders.