Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abnormal Walking Evaluation

The evaluation of difficulty walking begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with difficulty walking due to injury may include:


Imaging tests that may be used to evaluate difficulty walking due to injury include:

A stroke or TIA can also cause difficulty walking.

Physical findings in someone with difficulty walking due to stroke or TIA may include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate stroke or TIA include:

A stroke or TIA may be caused by narrowing of the blood vessels in the neck, called the carotid arteries.

Tests that may be used to evaluate the carotid arteries include:
  • Carotid angiogram:
    • A special x-ray procedure that can detect blood vessel narrowing in the carotid arteries, which often cause strokes.
  • Carotid duplex ultrasound:
    • Can detect narrowing and reduced blood flow in the carotid arteries that supply the brain

Tests that may be used to screen for conditions that increase the risk of a stroke include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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