Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Confusion Evaluation

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

The evaluation includes:

  • Neurological evaluation
  • Psychiatric evaluation

In many cases, extensive testing is required to diagnose the underlying cause for the confusion.

Tests that may be used to evaluate confusion include:

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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