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The Upper Limb Neuro Exam

When performing an upper limb neurological exam it is important to attempt to localise where the patient's lesion is - within the brain, the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system. Knowledge of anatomy combined with an attentive examination will assist with this.

The Patient

Motor Assessment

Coordination Assessment

Sensory Assessment



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