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Open eyes to sensory testing
  1. Phil Smith
  1. Correspondence to Professor Phil Smith, The Alan Richens Epilepsy Unit, Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; SmithPE{at}

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For students of neurology, testing sensation often seems long and laborious. Furthermore, it is rare to identify meaningful sensory signs that are unsuspected from the history. It is therefore important to target the sensory examination and to make it as efficient and as effective as possible.

Most neurologists have long realised that sensory testing (excepting proprioceptive and cortical sensory testing) is best done with the patient's eyes open. In his definitive guide to neurological examination for undergraduates, …

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  • Competing interests The author is co-editor of Practical Neurology.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Martin Turner, Oxford, UK.

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