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Developmental Coordination Disorder Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
Updated: Jan 06, 2015

Diagnostic Considerations

In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis, other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Congenital hypotonia
  • Progressive metabolic disorders
  • Ataxia
  • Visual disorders
  • Diffuse central nervous system (CNS) storage disease
  • Slow virus infection
  • Congenital brain malformations
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Malignancy
  • Inflammatory brain disorders

Differential Diagnoses

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAAP Section Head of Pediatric Neurology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine

Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAAP is a member of the following medical societies: Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Association of Military Surgeons of the US, Child Neurology Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


Jennifer L Jaskiewicz, DO Resident Physician, Department of Pediatrics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Jennifer L Jaskiewicz, DO is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Osteopathic Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Caroly Pataki, MD Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

Caroly Pataki, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York Academy of Sciences, Physicians for Social Responsibility

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Chet Johnson, MD Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, Associate Director, Developmental Pediatrician, Center for Child Health and Development, Shiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas School of Medicine; LEND Director, University of Kansas Medical Center

Chet Johnson, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics

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J Martin Maldonado-Durán, MD Principal Investigator for Child and Family Center, Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division, Family Service and Guidance Center

J Martin Maldonado-Durán, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Kansas Medical Society

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Anna Maria Wilms Floet, MD Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Anna Maria Wilms Floet, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics and Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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