BPNA distance learning unit 2 - Neonatal Neurology

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We will be studying the biological processes involved in brain development and then go on to see how environmental and genetic disorders may have an adverse effect on that process. We will study perinatal brain injury and causes of this in both the preterm and the term born baby. We will study neonatal encephalopathy, and we will learn about assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment options in the floppy and “stiff” baby.

The unit will also address different aspects of neonatal neurological examination, neurophysiology, and neonatal imaging and how this benefits initial assessment and relates to prognosis. Throughout the Unit we will reflect on how we might most effectively communicate our thoughts to the families involved.

  • Section 1 – Development of the nervous system
  • Section 2 – Abnormal cerebral, cerebellar, and spinal cord development and neurogenetics
  • Section 3 – Fetal and antenatal counselling
  • Section 4 – Preterm brain injury
  • Section 5 – Perinatal stroke and intracranial haemorrhage in the term baby
  • Section 6 – Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathies and other neonatal encephalopathy
  • Section 7 - Neonatal seizures and neonatal EEG
  • Section 8 – The floppy and stiff baby
  • Section 9 – Neurological examination of the preterm and full term baby
  • Section 10 – Congenital and neonatal CNS infection