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How to use: the neonatal neurological examination
  1. Courtney J Wusthoff
  1. Correspondence to Dr Courtney J Wusthoff, Division of Child Neurology, Stanford University, 750 Welch Road, Suite 317, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA; wusthoff{at}


The neurological exam can be a challenging part of a newborn's full evaluation. At the same time, the neonatal neurological exam is a useful tool in identifying babies needing closer evaluation for potential problems. The Dubowitz assessment is a standardised approach to the neonatal neurological exam designed for use by paediatricians in routine practice. Evidence has validated this technique and delineated its utility as a screening exam in various populations. This paper reviews clinical application of the Dubowitz assessment of the newborn.

  • Neonatology
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neurology
  • General Paediatrics

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