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Neurological Examination of the Newborn Infant

  • Fabrizio Ferrari
  • Licia Lugli
  • Luca Ori
  • Claudio Gallo
  • Natascia Bertoncelli


A simple neurological screening examination should be performed on all newborn infants as part of the general medical examination. It should consist of an assessment of state of consciousness-reactivity, spontaneous motor activity, neck, trunk and limb muscle tone and some primitive reflexes (e.g. suck and grasp. Not all experts include the Moro reflex in the general examination on the basis that it is cruel to startle a person) [1].


Newborn Infant Behavioral State Perinatal Asphyxia Spontaneous Movement Spontaneous Motor Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabrizio Ferrari
    • 1
  • Licia Lugli
  • Luca Ori
  • Claudio Gallo
  • Natascia Bertoncelli
  1. 1.Neonatal Intensive Care UnitUniversity Hospital of ModenaModenaItaly

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