Neurophysiological Studies in Cervical Stenosis

  • Vincenzo Denaro

Abstract

In the investigation of cervical stenosis, neurological assessment must always be regarded as fundamental. The types of tests that are routinely performed include electromyography (EMG) nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests, and sensory and motor evoked potential studies. The purpose of these is to evaluate the extent of the myeloradicular compromise, define the type of neuropathological process, help establish the differential diagnosis, predict the probable results of surgery, and monitor the status of medullary function in both surgical and nonoperative treatment. EMG studies are usually undertaken first, as part of any extensive and complete laboratory assessment but only somatostensory evoked potential (SEP) studies can assess cord function.

Keywords

Neuropathy Neurol Nash Dura Stim 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Denaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Catania University, ItalyCataniaItaly

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