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January 1986

The Evaluation of Suspected Ulnar Neuropathy at the Elbow: Normal Conduction Study Values

Author Affiliations

From the Electromyography Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Dr Kincaid is now with the Department of Neurology, Indiana University, Indianapolis. Dr Phillips is now with the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(1):44-47. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520010040019

• Local compression of the ulnar nerve occurs at several points, with the elbow region being the most common. Nerve conduction studies can be useful in identifying and localizing such lesions; however, the specifics of the technique, including normal values, have not been firmly established. We evaluated the effect of elbow position on segmental conduction velocities (CVs), the influence of elbow nerve segment length on CV calculations, the change in compound action potential amplitude at sites along the nerve, and the use of performing segmental sensory CVs. Conductions done with the elbow flexed produced less segment-to-segment CV variation than those obtained with the elbow extended. The influence of using overlapping nerve segments compared with short adjacent ones for segmental CV comparison is discussed.

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