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Intraoperative Monitoring of Evoked Potentials

  • Betty L. Grundy
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Abstract

Evoked potentials (EPs), the electrophysiologic responses of the nervous system to stimulation, permit monitoring of the functional integrity of neurologic pathways when clinical monitoring is hampered by general anesthesia or coma. Intraoperative EP monitoring is now commonplace in many medical centers throughout the world. To use these techniques to best advantage, one must appreciate several important principles. This paper reviews key concepts in monitoring and describes key criteria for assessing EPs as monitors in the operating room. In conclusion, guidelines for avoiding “false positives” and “false negatives” are outlined.

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Betty L. Grundy
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  1. 1.Anesthesiology ServiceVeterans Administration Medical CenterGainesvilleUSA

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