Approach to electrodiagnostic testing in children

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Performing nerve conduction studies and electromyography in children shares the same fundamental principles with electrodiagnostic studies performed in adults. The nerves and muscles available for testing are mostly the same, electrode placement is similar, and data interpretation relies on the same basic physiology. However, there are nevertheless important differences that should be emphasized. Without sedation, younger children as well as those with developmental delay or cognitive impairment will often have difficulty tolerating the comprehensive nerve conduction studies involving as many as a dozen different motor and sensory nerves as well as extensive needle examination of multiple extremities that is more typical of adult studies. Older children and adolescents are more likely to tolerate the scale of testing that is familiar to adult neurophysiologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Electromyography
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts and Clinical Applications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319613611
ISBN (Print)9783319613604
StatePublished - Oct 27 2017
Externally publishedYes

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