A Handbook of Neurological Investigations in Children

A Handbook of Neurological Investigations in Children

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Neurological disorders in children are common: families want to know what is wrong, why it happened, and whether it will happen again. Management and treatment depend on establishing the diagnosis, which usually requires investigations, but the number of possible neurological investigations is now very large indeed, and uncritical investigations may be seriously misleading. This book gives practical guidance on how to target any specific condition with the minimum of tests. Part 1 is a brief distillation of advice on clinical history and examination, introducing the problems that beset those who deal with neurological disorders in childhood. Part 2 of this book outlines the investigations available to solve these diagnostic problems. Part 3 takes a problem-oriented approach to the most appropriate investigations in the various clinical scenarios that may present to the practitioner: the starting point is the patient's presentation, not the diagnosis. Throughout, vignettes of real cases help to illustrate the use of the tests in different clinical situations. The authors co-wrote the hugely popular "Handbook of Neurological Investigations" ('the Blue Book') 20 years ago.This new book, while closely following the highly successful approach of the earlier title, is entirely new and up to date, with fresh material, new case vignettes, and additional investigations covered.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 425 pages
  • Mac Keith Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1898683964
  • 9781898683964

Table of contents

Authors; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Abbreviations; 1.1 History highlights; 1.2 Examination essentials; 2.1 Video with audio; 2.2 Electroencephalography; 2.3 Electromyography and nerve conduction; 2.4 Evoked potentials; 2.5 Structural imaging; 2.6 Functional imaging; 2.7 Cerebrospinal fluid; 2.8 Cardiac tests and autonomic function; 2.9 Microscopic examinations: cells and biopsies; 2.10 Microbiology; 2.11 Haematology; 2.12 Immunology; 2.13 Genetic investigations; 2.14 Biochemistry; 2.15 Anti-epileptic drug monitoring; 2.16 Diagnosis by therapeutic trial; 3.1 Neonatal seizures; 3.2 Abnormal neonatal neurology; 3.3 Delayed development; 3.4 Floppy infant; 3.5 Abnormal head size; 3.6 Wobbly-eyed baby; 3.7 "Cerebral Palsy"; 3.8 Peculiar gait; 3.9 Learning disability and mental retardation; 3.10 Speech and language disorders; 3.11 "Psychiatric" disorders; 3.12 Epileptic seizures and epilepsy; 3.13 Febrile seizures; 3.14 Paroxysmal non-epileptic disorders; 3.15 Epileptic and nonepileptic disorders together; 3.16 Acquired neurological deficits; 3.17 Acute encephalopathy; 3.18 Headache; 3.19 Weakness and fatigue; 3.20 Ataxia; 3.21 Movement disorders; 3.22 Progressive loss of skils and dementia; 3.23 Rare treatable disorders; Appendix 1. Predictive value of investigation results; Appendix 2. Some normal values; Appendix 3. List of clinical vignettes.show more

About Mary D. King

Mary D King is Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Children's University Hospital, Rotunda Hospital and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Associate Professor in Paediatric Neurology at University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Science, Dublin, Ireland. John B.P. Stephenson is Honorary Professor in Paediatric Neurology and Senior Research Fellow, Division of Developmental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He is also Emeritus Consultant in Paediatric Neurology in Fraser of Allander Neurosciences Unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Scotland.show more