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ERIC Number: EJ904452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1080-4013
The Dubowitz Neurological Examination of the Full-Term Newborn
Dubowitz, Lilly; Ricciw, Daniela; Mercuri, Eugenio
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v11 n1 p52-60 Feb 2005
In an ideal world, each neonate should have a comprehensive neurological examination but in practice this is often difficult. In this review we will describe what a routine neurological evaluation in the full-term neonate should consist of and how the Dubowitz examination is performed. The examination has been used for over 20 years and can be easily performed in a short time as the recording sheet provides simple instructions together with simple diagrams to make the recording and the scoring easier. We will also indicate how the examination can be used to identify infants with neurological abnormalities, describing clinical signs which can help to differentiate infants with peripheral neuromuscular disorders from those with central nervous system involvement. The correlation between clinical and imaging findings in infants with neonatal brain lesions will also be reported. Finally we will briefly describe how and when to apply an optimality scoring system in a research setting. (Contains 1 table and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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