Compound Muscle Action Potentials

James C. Watson and Jasper R. Daube

in Clinical Neurophysiology

Third edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195385113
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322770 | DOI:

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Compound Muscle Action Potentials

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CMAPs are among the most helpful recordings in the electrophysiologic assessment of peripheral neuromuscular disease. Compound muscle action potentials are the recordings made for all motor conduction studies, both of the directly recorded M wave used for peripheral conduction and the F-wave late response used for testing proximal conduction. Reliable CMAP recordings require the use of standard stimulating and recording electrode types and locations and standard measurement criteria. 115 The sensitivity and specificity of motor conduction studies depend on comparing the results obtained in a patient with the normal values obtained by using exactly the same methods. The normal values of motor conduction studies vary with physiologic factors such as age and temperature, which must be controlled and adjusted.

Chapter.  21213 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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