Child development

September 2011


Nerve conduction studies

Volume 40, No.9, September 2011 Pages 693-697

William Huynh

Matthew C Kiernan

This article forms part of our ‘Tests and results’ series for 2011 which aims to provide information about common tests that general practitioners order regularly. It considers areas such as indications, what to tell the patient, what the test can and cannot tell you, and interpretation of results.

Nerve conduction studies (NCS) and needle electromyography (EMG) are collectively termed ‘clinical neurophysiology’. They enable the clinician to detect signs that cannot be confirmed by neurological examination alone and can guide diagnosis and treatment.

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