Identification of Specific Neural Tissue

  • Aage R. Møller


The most direct way that intraoperative ­neurophysiologic recording may guide the ­surgeon in an operation is that it can assist in identifying specific structures such as nerves. This is of great importance when trying to identify cranial nerves in cases where the anatomy is distorted by a tumor or other pathologic processes. Previous operations may have changed the anatomy, making it difficult to identify specific nerves solely on the basis of visual observation in a surgical field. Tumors and malformations of various kinds may have distorted the anatomy so that it becomes difficult to identify specific neural tissue. Similar problems may occur in connection with peripheral nerves.


Facial Nerve Motor Nerve Corticospinal Tract Fourth Ventricle Auditory Brainstem Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Brain and Behavioral SciencesThe University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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