What is included in patient consent for electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies?

Updated: Aug 20, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Jonathan P Miller, MD  more...
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Verbal or written consent must be obtained from patient or caretaker if the patient lacks decision-making capacity. Diagnostic purpose and benefits should be explained. The patient should also be informed about what to expect from different components of the exam to help reduce anxiety that may occur. With EMG, there is a risk of minimal bleeding and hematoma and the patient should disclose any bleeding disorders or use of anticoagulants. The patient should also disclose whether they have implanted electrical devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, AICDs, spinal cord stimulators, and so on. There is minimal risk of infection from needle insertion and any recent infections or use of antibiotics should be disclosed. [13]


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