How are electrodiagnostic findings interpreted?

Updated: Aug 20, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Jonathan P Miller, MD  more...
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The information gathered from needle EMG is combined with that provided by nerve conduction studies to determine the overall interpretation. The results of the analysis of the collective studies often permits delineation of the type of underlying pathologic process, such as a polyneuropathy, mononeuropathy or entrapment neuropathy, radiculopathy, plexopathy, disordered neuromuscular transmission, or myopathic process. In many cases, one diagnosis explains the abnormalities found on the study, but, occasionally, more than one diagnosis is necessary to complete the interpretation of the electrodiagnostic findings.


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