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Sensory Fucntion

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Cerebellar test, patient stands erect with eyes closed, examiner watches for sway Romberg Test
Assessing gait, coordination of movement in forward and backward planes Balance testing
Inability to flex head forward due to rigidity of neck muscles. Test for meningitis. Nuchal rigidity
Pt. lies supine with one leg flexed. Ask them to try to extend the knee while applying pressure. Pain in hamstring and resistance to extension is sign of meningitis. Kernig's Sign
Pt. lies supine. Flex head to chest. If hips flex as well, sign of meningitis. Brudzinski's Sign
With patient's eyes closed, touch an area; have patient point to where he was touched. Test both sides, upper and lower extremities Point Localization
Simultaneously touch both sides of patient's body at same point. Ask patient to point to where he was touched. Extinction
With patient's eyes closed, use a pen or your finger to draw a number on the palm of their hand. Ask them to identify the number. Graphesthesia
Ability to discriminate between two points on a fingertip less than 0.5 cm apart, and on hands less than 2 cm apart Two-point Discrimination
With patient's eyes closed, place a familiar object in their palm and ask them to identify it. Test both hands with different objects. Stereognosis
Created by: adlarson