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An Approach to Preoperative Neurologic Consultation for Non-neurologic Surgery

Lewis, Steven L. MD, FAAN

CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology:
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000394687.35985.62
Practice
Abstract

Neurologists are commonly asked to provide outpatient or inpatient consultation prior to non-neurologic surgery in patients with an underlying neurologic disorder; however, a paucity of neurologic literature and no evidence-based guidelines exist regarding how to approach this common clinical problem. Extrapolating on the literature regarding the process of preoperative consultation by internists and internal medicine subspecialists, this article attempts to provide a general framework for the neurologist who is asked to evaluate a patient preoperatively. The importance of timely and effective communication, including discussion and clarification with the referring surgeon regarding the neurologist's role in each preoperative assessment, is stressed.

Author Information

Adress correspondence to Dr Steven Lewis, Rush University Medical Center, 1725 West Harrison Street, Suite 1118, Chicago, IL 60612, Steven_L_Lewis@rush.edu.

Relationship Disclosure: Dr Lewis has received personal compensation for editorial activities from Neurology.

Unlabeled Use of Products/Investigational Use Disclosure: Dr Lewis reports no disclosure.

© 2011 American Academy of Neurology