What subsets of neurologic exam should be performed in the evaluation of transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Ashish Nanda, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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A neurologic examination is the foundation of the TIA evaluation and should focus in particular on the neurovascular distribution suggested by the patient’s symptoms. Subsets of the neurologic examination include the following:

  • Cranial nerve testing

  • Determination of somatic motor strength

  • Somatic sensory testing

  • Speech and language testing

  • Assessment of the cerebellar system (be sure to watch the patient walk)


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