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What types of neurological tests are done after brain injury, such as near drowning, to determine level of damage and whether or not it can recover?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: When the patient's

condition is stable, if the level of cognitive & motor functions allow, a neuropsychological evaluation can pinpoint areas of deficits.
Before discharge home or to a rehab facility, serial neurological evaluations & neuroimaging, e.g., MRI's, are done to assess functional levels & any anatomical changes in the brain from hypoxemia, low oxygen. History of prior functioning is important.

In brief: When the patient's

condition is stable, if the level of cognitive & motor functions allow, a neuropsychological evaluation can pinpoint areas of deficits.
Before discharge home or to a rehab facility, serial neurological evaluations & neuroimaging, e.g., MRI's, are done to assess functional levels & any anatomical changes in the brain from hypoxemia, low oxygen. History of prior functioning is important.
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