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How is hypotonia diagnosed?

Because hypotonia may be caused by such a wide variety of problems, there are many things a doctor may do to diagnose the cause of hypotonia. Usually, a doctor will begin with a physical examination that includes an analysis of symptoms and a review of medical history. Doctors may then evaluate your muscle and nerve function by assessing motor skills, balance, reflexes, and other important aspects of body function that may be impaired by low muscle tone. Doctors may also use other tests that measure nerve function or electrical activity in the brain and other muscles. Specialists, including neurologists and geneticists, may help diagnose the underlying condition.

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What is hypotonia?
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How is hypotonia treated?
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What are the symptoms of hypotonia?
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Can hypotonia be prevented?
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