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Diagnostic Tests for Developmental problems

Diagnostic Test list for Developmental problems:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Developmental problems includes:

  • General appearance and observation
    • Looking for any dysmorphic ( abnormality of shape) features of face and body - e.g. Down syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Soto's syndrome.
    • Observe the child's behavior and interaction with yourself. If child is alert, interested in new objects, keen to explore and relates in a friendly manner, a developmental problem is more likely because of an isolated condition rather than global retardation
    • If child obese it can delay gross motor function
    • Observe infant health clinic booklet - to check growth patterns of weight, height and head circumference.
  • Physical examination
    • A careful physical examination must be performed to exclude any acute or chronic illness
    • Neurological examination to look for focal neurological signs and papilledema
    • Visual acuity
    • Assessment of vision and hearing
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count
    • ESR
    • Electrolytes, calcium, renal function tests
    • Blood sugar level
    • Liver function tests
    • Thyroid function tests
    • Cytogenetics for karyotyping - e.g. looking for genetic syndromes e.g. Down's syndrome, Fragile-X syndrome.
    • Serology for congenital infections in a child
    • Serum creatinine phosphokinase - in child not walking be 18 months if suspect Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
    • Screen for congenital infection - e.g. paired mother and baby serology for rubella, toxoplasma, HIV, syphilis and CMV.
  • Urine tests
    • Urine metabolic screening in children if suspect metabolic and storage diseases
    • Urine drug screen
  • Pure tone Audiometry - to assess hearing, especially if speech delay.
  • Radiological investigations
    • CT scan or MRI brain may sometimes be useful
    • EEG - may rarely be helpful.
  • Denver developmental screening test in children - compares all aspects of a child's development with a population of normal children at the same age.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Developmental problems causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Developmental problems:

The following list of conditions have 'Developmental problems' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Developmental problems:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Developmental problems' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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