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Neurophysiological Monitoring of the Human Spinal Cord Functional Integrity during Surgical Interventions

Vedran Deletis, Francesco Sala and Paolo Costa

in Restorative Neurology of Spinal Cord Injury

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746507
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918768 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746507.003.0009
Neurophysiological Monitoring of the Human Spinal Cord Functional Integrity during Surgical Interventions

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This chapter describes methods used for the intraoperative neurophysiological assessment of spinal cord function, including the epidural, scalp, and electromyographic recording methods, to evaluate ascending and descending long-tract conduction. It reviews the neurophysiological, killed-end potential that indicates the site of traumatic injury and markers that have been established as indicators of transient and permanent surgically induced loss of function.

Keywords: intraoperative neurophysiological assessment; spinal cord function; long-tract conduction

Chapter.  9269 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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