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Lower Limb Neuro

Testing for Station

February 15th, 2021


  • How to Perform

  • Ask the patient to stand still with their heels together, and look for loss of balance.
  • Significance

  • Loss of balance with the feet together suggests the presence of a cerebellar lesion (as the patient normally compensates by keeping their feet apart), though this can also occur in the setting of vestibular pathology and visual abnormalities.
  • Interpretation

  • Swaying backward, forward or to either side - suggests a cerebellar vermis lesion
  • Swaying to either side - suggests ipsilateral cerebellar pathology, or ipsilateral vestibular pathology
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