Somatosensory Evoked Potential Monitoring of Intraoperative Procedures

  • W. Young
  • A. Berenstein
Conference paper


Cortical SEP have been extensively used to monitor operative procedures which put the spinal cord at risk of iatrogenic injury. SEP were highly sensitive to anterior spinal artery occlusion accompanying angiography and embolization, resulting in a reduced incidence of neurological complications. Other procedures in which SEP changes have influenced patient management include anterior cervical fusion, myelotomy and repair of thoracic aorta aneurysm.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Young
    • 1
  • A. Berenstein
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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