Electrophysiological Assessment of Spinal Cord Pathology in Pain Medicine

  • Keri D. Copponex
  • Alan David Kaye
  • Joseph H. Feinberg
  • Megan A. Frantz


Although there are some newer radiologic imaging methods available, electrophysiological tests remain useful in the assessment of both central and peripheral nervous system dysfunction. Electrophysiological tests can provide information that radiographic studies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cannot provide, such as the severity and chronicity of a neurological problem. These tests are also helpful in establishing whether an abnormality seen on radiographic images is even clinically significant. On the other hand, electrophysiological tests can detect abnormalities not seen on radiographic images.


Spinal Cord Injury Nerve Conduction Study Motor Neuron Disease Electrophysiological Test Anterior Horn Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keri D. Copponex
    • 1
  • Alan David Kaye
    • 2
    • 3
  • Joseph H. Feinberg
    • 4
  • Megan A. Frantz
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyLouisiana State University, School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Anesthesiology and PharmacologyLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA
  3. 3.Interim Louisiana State UniversityHospital and Ochsner Kenner HospitalNew OrleansUSA
  4. 4.Department of PhysiatryHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineNew York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

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