Brain Stem and Cranial Nerve Monitoring

Brian A. Crum

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

Brain Stem and Cranial Nerve Monitoring

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Various modalities are available for monitoring the function of the cranial nerves and brain stem during intracranial or extracranial head and neck operations. After consideration of the surgical risks, a multimodality approach can be tailored to the needs of each patient. Close communication between the IOM team and the surgical team is vital in order to obtain appropriate electrophysiological information and provide useful feedback at a time when clinical detection of nerve injury is impossible. IOM has been shown to decrease the incidence of cranial nerve injury during posterior fossa surgery.

Chapter.  4876 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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