Focal neurological deficits

Neurological deficits - focal

A focal neurologic deficit is a problem with nerve, spinal cord, or brain function. It affects a specific location, such as the left side of the face, right arm, or even a small area such as the tongue. Speech, vision, and hearing problems are also considered focal neurological deficits.

The type, location, and severity of the problem can indicate which area of the brain or nervous system is affected.

In contrast, a nonfocal problem is NOT specific to a certain area of the brain. It may include a general loss of consciousness or emotional problem.

Brain

The major areas of the brain have one or more specific functions.

Considerations

Causes

Home Care

When to Contact a Medical Professional

What to Expect at Your Office Visit