5. Clinical Diagnosis of Symptoms Associated with the Neurological System

  1. Phil Jevon RN, BSc (Hons), PGCE Resuscitation
  1. Kathryn Blakey MBBS, nMRCGP1 and
  2. Gareth Walters BSc (Hons), MBChB MRCP (UK), MRCP (London), FHEA, MinstLM, LCGI2

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340051.ch5

Clinical Diagnosis

Clinical Diagnosis

How to Cite

Blakey, K. and Walters, G. (2011) Clinical Diagnosis of Symptoms Associated with the Neurological System, in Clinical Diagnosis (ed P. Jevon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340051.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Clinical Skills Lead, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    General Practice vocational training scheme, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

  2. 2

    University of Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335163

Online ISBN: 9781444340051



  • clinical diagnosis, of symptoms associated with neurological system;
  • headache, pain in head region - behind eyes and ears, top of head and back of neck;
  • sudden-onset, severe, occipital headache - ‘worst headache ever’ (thunder-clap headache), of subarachnoid haemorrhage;
  • syncope, resulting - from cerebral blood flow reduction;
  • vasovagal syncope, reduction in venous return to heart - vasodilation and venous pooling;
  • twenty-four hour (Holter) ECG monitoring;
  • Meniere's disease, patient with recurrent attacks - of sudden-onset vertigo, tinnitus and progressive deafness;
  • seizure cause, electrical activity in brain - restricted, limiting neuronal discharges;
  • tremor, rhythmical and alternating movement - affecting any part of body;
  • hemiplegia, total paralysis of one side of the body


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Headache

  • Syncope

  • Dizziness

  • Seizure

  • Tremor

  • Hemiplegia

  • Acute Confusion

  • Reduced Conscious Level and Coma

  • References