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Neurological problems 

Neurological problems
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Neurological problems
Author(s):

John Hindle

and Catherine Hindle

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199546589.003.0007
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date: 23 October 2019

Chapter 7 covers the minor neurological symptoms that are common in primary care but serious neurological disorders are rare. The challenge for the general practitioner (GP) is to separate the large number of somatic and non-specific neurological symptoms from those representing significant underlying disease. Fatigue, dizziness, headache, back pain, insomnia and numbness are among the ten most common presenting symptoms in primary care, but only a small proportion of these are due to an underlying organic cause. The most common presentations are non-specific neurological symptoms followed by back syndromes and headaches with the most common neurological disorders being cerebrovascular disease, shingles and diabetic polyneuropathy.

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