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Pediatric Neurology 

Pediatric Neurology
Chapter:
Pediatric Neurology
Source:
Introduction to Clinical Neurology (5 ed.)
Author(s):

Douglas J. Gelb

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190467197.003.0017

Developmental plasticity is the main feature distinguishing pediatric neurology from adult neurology. The diagnostic principles presented in the first three chapters of this book still apply, but many of the nervous system functions typically assessed in adults are not fully operational until months or years after birth. Obvious examples are walking, talking, and control of bladder and bowel function. Thus, a child’s developmental stage determines how the exami- nation is interpreted and how it is performed.

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