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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2013 Feb;24(1):1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2012.08.012. Epub 2012 Oct 24.

Electrodiagnosis of cervical radiculopathy.

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Rehabilitation Care Services, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, VA Puget Sound, Rehabilitation Care Services (RCS-117), Seattle, WA 98108, USA. khakimi@uw.edu

Abstract

Cervical radiculopathy is a common diagnosis with a peak onset in the fifth decade. The most commonly affected nerve root is C7, C6, and C8. The etiology is often compressive, but may arise from noncompressive sources. Patients commonly complain of pain, weakness, numbness, and/or tingling. Examination may reveal sensory or motor disturbance in a dermatomal/myotomal distribution. Neural compression and tension signs may be positive. Diagnostic tests include imaging and electrodiagnostic study. Electrodiagnostic study serves as an extension of the neurologic examination. Electrodiagnostic findings can be useful for patients with atypical symptoms, potential pain-mediated weakness, and nonfocal imaging findings.

PMID:
23177027
DOI:
10.1016/j.pmr.2012.08.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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