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Siavash S Haghighi, Donald J Blaskiewicz, Bertha Ramirez, Richard Zhang
BACKGROUND: C5 nerve root palsy is a known complication after cervical laminectomy or laminoplasty, characterized by weakness of the deltoid and bicep brachii muscles. The efficacy of intraoperative monitoring of these muscles is currently unclear. In the current prospective study, intraoperative monitoring through somatosensory (SSEPs), motor (TcMEPs) evoked potentials and real-time electromyography activity (EMG) were analyzed for their ability to detect or prevent deltoid muscle weakness after surgery...
September 2016: J Spine Surg
Biranchi Narayan Mohapatra, Sujit Kumar Lenka, Manoranjan Acharya, Chakradhar Majhi, Gouri Oram, Khetra Mohan Tudu
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical profile of hypokalemic flaccid paralysis (HKFP) and to evaluate its causes. METHODS: Fifty cases of hypokalemic flaccid paralysis (HKFP) admitted between November 2012 to October 2014 were taken up in the study. Serum potassium level < 3.5 mmol/ltr has been taken as hypokalemia. All cases were studied for spot and/or 24 hour urinary sodium / potassium, serum potassium / calcium / magnesium. Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HPP) were diagnosed if there was spot/24 hour urine potassium excretion < 20mmol/ltr in presence of hypokalemia and flaccid weakness without other causes...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Gavin A McKenzie, Stephen M Broski, Benjamin M Howe, Robert J Spinner, Kimberly K Amrami, Angela Dispenzieri, Michael D Ringler
OBJECTIVE: To highlight the MRI characteristics of pathologically proven amyloidosis involving the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and determine the utility of MRI in directing targeted biopsy for aiding diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed for patients with pathologically proven PNS amyloidosis who also underwent MRI of the biopsied or excised nerve. MRI signal characteristics, nerve morphology, associated muscular denervation changes, and the presence of multifocal involvement were detailed...
October 12, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Atif S Khan, Susan K Patrick, Francois D Roy, Monica A Gorassini, Jaynie F Yang
The neural plasticity of spinal reflexes after two contrasting forms of walking training was determined in individuals with chronic, motor-incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI). Endurance Training involved treadmill walking for as long as possible, and Precision Training involved walking precisely over obstacles and onto targets overground. Twenty participants started either Endurance or Precision Training for 2 months and then crossed over after a 2-month rest period to the other form of training for 2 months...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Ahmad Jabir Rahyussalim, Ifran Saleh, M Fajrin Armin, Tri Kurniawati, Ahmad Yanuar Safri
INTRODUCTION: Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) had important role related to the complications in spinal surgery. Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP), Transcranial electric Muscle Evoked Potentials (tceMEPs), and free run EMG are parameters used to asses functional integrity of the nervous system during surgical procedures. Once warning signal was recognized, surgeon have to make a precise decision to overcome that problem. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a 47-year old male with back pain due to compression fracture of thoracic vertebra T12 and lumbar vertebrae L1...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Valerio Vitale, Ferdinando Caranci, Chiara Pisciotta, Fiore Manganelli, Francesco Briganti, Lucio Santoro, Arturo Brunetti
BACKGROUND: Hirayama's disease (HD), is a benign, self-limited, motor neuron disease, characterized by asymmetric weakness and atrophy of one or both distal upper extremities. In the present study we report the clinical, electrophysiological and MRI features of a group of Italian patients, with review of the literature. Moreover we propose an optimized MRI protocol for patients with suspected or diagnosed HD in order to make an early diagnosis and a standardized follow up. METHODS: Eight patients with clinical suspicion of Hirayama disease underwent evaluation between January 2007 and November 2013...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Graziano Taddei, Alfonso Marrelli, Donatella Trovarelli, Alessandro Ricci, Renato J Galzio
OBJECTIVE: Even though advances in surgical techniques have improved facial nerve outcomes, functional preservation is still an issue because injury to the facial nerve has significant physical and psychological consequences for the patient. We retrospectively review our data in VS surgery to compare the facial outcome in intraoperative facial monitored versus not-monitored patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 51 consecutive patients with unilateral vestibular schwannoma in the period from 2005 to 2010 were treated in our Institution...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
So Hee Park, Ikchan Jeon, Sang Woo Kim
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the values of ProSet magnetic resonance coronal source imaging (ProSet MR imaging) as a diagnostic tool for detecting symptomatic lesion in patients with multiple lumbar foraminal stenosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2011 to June 2015, 46 patients with unilateral and single-level radiculopathy developed from foraminal stenosis were enrolled in the study. These diagnoses were confirmed with transforaminal selective nerve root block (SNRB) and electrophysiological testing, including electromyography and nerve conduction velocity (EMG/NCV) tests...
November 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
S Mello, O O'Toole, B McNamara
Older adults are at increased risk of both central and peripheral neurological disorders. Impaired nerve and muscle deficits contribute to morbidity and reduced quality of life. Our aim was to define the utilization and yield of nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) in older adults. We reviewed NCS and EMG records for all patients older than age 65 in the year 2012. Of 1,530 NCS and EMGs performed, 352 (23%) were in patients older than 65 (mean age 73.7, 52% male). 288 (83.7%) of NCS were abnormal as were 102 (71...
2016: Irish Medical Journal
S M Yap, B McNamara
Foot drop is a complex symptom with a considerable range in aetiology, severity and prognosis. We aim to characterise the aetiologies of foot drop and assess the diagnostic contribution of neurophysiologic testing (NCS/EMG). Retrospective review of consecutive referrals of foot drop to the Neurophysiology Department in Cork University Hospital was performed over a two year period (January 2012 to December 2013). Of a total of 59 referrals, common peroneal nerve (CPN) palsy comprised only slightly more than half of cases; 3(5%) have central origin; 3(5%) have motor neuron disease...
2016: Irish Medical Journal
Zachary N London
Discomfort is an unavoidable part of electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies. The most readily modifiable mediator of electromyography (EMG)-associated pain is muscle selection. Interventions that may reduce pain include vapocoolant spray, ibuprofen, and techniques such as slapping or stretching the skin. Needlestick injuries to health care workers carry the risk of transmitting bloodborne illnesses, but other Infectious complications of EDX studies are very rare. EMG probably contributes to asymptomatic hemorrhage in about 1% of patients, but clinically significant bleeding has only been reported a few times...
September 28, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Sameh Ghroubi, Samar Alila, Atika Mallek, Wafa Elleuch, Khlil Nouri, Mohamed Habib Elleuch
OBJECTIVE: To show the contribution of the sensory nerve action potential in the topographic diagnosis of traumatic brachial plexus injuries through an illustration of 7 clinical cases. OBSERVATIONS: We report 7 clinical cases of patients with unilateral traumatic brachial plexus injuries, following public highway accident. We realized an electroneuromyographic test (ENMG) for each patient in our service. A radiculopathy C5C6C7 were found in 3 subjects. Other patients had a radiculopathy C5 T1, a radiculopathy C7C8 T1, a lesion of the upper trunk or a lesion of the posterior cord...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Georgios Koutsis, Panagiotis Kokotis, Aikaterini E Papagianni, Maria-Eleftheria Evangelopoulos, Constantinos Kilidireas, Nikolaos Karandreas
OBJECTIVE: To integrate neurophysiological findings with clinical and imaging data in a consecutive series of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients developing facial numbness during the course of an MS attack. METHODS: Nine consecutive patients with MS and recent-onset facial numbness were studied clinically, imaged with routine MRI, and assessed neurophysiologically with trigeminal somatosensory evoked potential (TSEP), blink reflex (BR), masseter reflex (MR), facial nerve conduction, facial muscle and masseter EMG studies...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Cong Lu, Yi-Cen Zheng, Yi Dong, Hong-Fu Li
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias (ARCA) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by early onset of gait impairment, disturbed limb coordination, dysarthria, and eye movement abnormalities, most likely due to the degeneration of cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord. Despite of the rarity, ARCA are both clinically and genetically heterogeneous. To date, more than 30 culprit genes have been identified in ARCA. Unraveling the specific causative mutation in cases with ARCA remains challenging so far...
2016: BMC Neurology
E Stålberg
Neurography and EMG are complementary techniques used in the diagnosis and monitoring of neuropathies. Both assess function of the peripheral nervous system and provide clinically useful information regarding the functional status of peripheral nerves. This information is not readily obtainable using biochemical, genetic or imaging techniques. I will discuss the role of these techniques in the diagnosis and management of neuropathies and some limitations of these techniques. These methods are routinely used in an EMG lab...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Andreas Bahmer, Uwe Baumann
HYPOTHESIS: Triphasic pulse stimulation prevents from facial nerve stimulation (FNS) because of a different electromyographic input-output function compared with biphasic pulse stimulation. BACKGROUND: FNS is sometimes observed in cochlear implant users as an unwanted side effect of electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve. The common stimulation applied in current cochlear implant consists of biphasic pulse patterns. Two common clinical remedies to prevent unpleasant FNS caused by activation of certain electrodes are to expand their pulse phase duration or simply deactivate them...
October 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Chul Won Yang, Sang Hoon Kim, Seung Geun Yeo, Moon Suh Park, Jae Yong Byun
CONCLUSION: oVEMP could be a useful tool for predicting the prognosis of Bell's palsy comparable to ENoG and H-B grade. OBJECTIVES: Several previous studies have reported cases of Bell's palsy with vestibular function disorder. The basic hypothesis behind this effect lies in the close proximity of the vestibular and facial nerves in the internal auditory canal (IAC). Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between Bell's palsy prognosis and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (oVEMPs)...
September 9, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Linda W Xu, Anand Veeravagu, Tej D Azad, Ciara Harraher, John K Ratliff
BACKGROUND: Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is an established treatment for end-stage arthritis, congenital deformity, and trauma with good long-term clinical and functional outcomes. Delayed sciatic nerve injury is a rare complication after THA that requires prompt diagnosis and management. METHODS: We present a case of sciatic nerve motor and sensory deficit in a 52-year-old patient 2 years after index left THA. Electromyography (EMG) results and imaging with radiographs and CT of the affected hip demonstrated an aberrant acetabular cup screw in the posterior-inferior quadrant adjacent to the sciatic nerve...
July 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
Yong Wang, Xing Yu, Ping Wang, Chundi Miao, Qiuping Xie, Haichao Yan, Qunzi Zhao, Maolin Zhang, Cheng Xiang
BACKGROUND: Transoral endoscopic approach is the natural orifice surgery applied in thyroidectomy to achieve an excellent cosmetic result. Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury is the most common complication and little advancement was achieved in the previous clinical studies of transoral thyroid surgery. Herein, we introduced the method of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) for transoral endoscopic thyroid surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with thyroid carcinoma received transoral endoscopic thyroid surgery through vestibular approach (TOETVA) for thyroidectomy and central node dissection (CND)...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
André Coelho Nepomuceno, Elisa Landucci Politani, Eduardo Guandelini da Silva, Raquel Salomone, Marco Vinicius Losso Longo, Alessandra Grassi Salles, José Carlos Marques de Faria, Rolf Gemperli
PURPOSE: To evaluate a new model of intraoperative electromyographic (EMG) assessment of the tibial and fibular nerves, and its respectives motor units in rats. METHODS: Eight Wistar rats underwent intraoperative EMG on both hind limbs at two different moments: week 0 and week 12. Supramaximal electrical stimulation applied on sciatic nerve, and compound muscle action potential recorded on the gastrocnemius muscle (GM) and the extensor digitorum longus muscle (EDLM) through electrodes at specifics points...
August 2016: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
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