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Muscle Nerve. 2017 Sep;56(3):458-462. doi: 10.1002/mus.25543. Epub 2017 Mar 23.

Comparison of four different nerve conduction techniques of the superficial fibular sensory nerve.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Michigan State University, 1200 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 520, East Lansing, Michigan, 48912.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

There are many different nerve conduction study (NCS) techniques to study the superficial fibular sensory nerve (SFSN). We present reference distal latency values and comparative data regarding 4 different NCS for the SFSN.

METHODS:

Four different NCS techniques, Spartan technique, Izzo techniques (medial and intermediate dorsal cutaneous branches), and Daube technique, were performed on (114) healthy volunteers. A total of 108 subjects with 164 legs were included.

RESULTS:

The mean latency of the Spartan technique was longest (3.9 ± 0.3 ms) while the Daube technique was the shortest (3.6 ± 0.7 ms). The mean amplitude of the Daube technique displayed the highest (15.2 ± 8.2 μV) with the Spartan technique having the lowest (8.7 ± 4.2 μV). Among the absent sensory nerve action potentials (SNAPs), the Spartan technique was absent only twice (1.2%) and the Izzo Medial technique was absent more than the other techniques (2.9%).

CONCLUSIONS:

All 4 techniques were reliable methods for obtaining the superficial fibular nerve SNAP, present in 95% of individuals. Muscle Nerve 56: 458-462, 2017.

KEYWORDS:

Daube method; Izzo method; Spartan method; amplitude; distal latency; nerve conduction study; superficial fibular sensory nerve

PMID:
28029686
DOI:
10.1002/mus.25543
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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