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Patient Problems

Review the four patient problems presented below, then: 1) identify whether or not the case requires cranial nerve examination as part of an initial evaluation, 2) identify the specific cranial nerves that will be examined and 3) briefly describe the rationale for your responses. Use the attached worksheet and then compare your answers and rationale with the response from the clinical expert.

Patient Problem Three
A thirty-one year old secretary awoke to find that she could not move the left side of her face. She had a viral infection the previous week but otherwise, her health is good.

Patient Problem Four
A thirty-four year old teacher complains of diplopia. He explains that this is relieved by closing either eye.

Patient Problem Five
A patient complains of difficulty with eating and swallowing.

Patient Problem Six
A patient is complaining of difficulty with balance while walking.

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