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Ann Clin Neurophysiol. 2018; 20(2): 66-70.
Published online July 31, 2018.
doi: https://doi.org/10.14253/acn.2018.20.2.66
Potential risks of nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography
Byung-Nam Yoon1, Suk-Won Ahn2, Jee-Eun Kim3, Jin Myoung Seok4, Kwang-Kuk Kim5, Ki-Han Kwon6, Kee Duk Park7, Bum Chun Suh8, Young Min Lim5, and on behalf of the Korean Society of Clinical Neurophysiology Education Committee
1Department of Neurology, Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Neurology, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
3Department of Neurology, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
4Department of Neurology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital Cheonan, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea
5Department of Neurology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
6Department of Neurology, Hallym University Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Hwaseong, Korea
7Department of Neurology, Mokdong Hospital, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
8Department of Neurology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: on behalf of the Korean Society of Clinical Neurophysiology Education Committee  ,Tel: +82-2-2291-2290, Fax: +82-2-737-6531, Email: kscn@kscn.or.kr
Received June 27, 2018   Revised: July 3, 2018    Accepted July 4, 2018
ABSTRACT
Electrodiagnostic studies such as nerve conduction studies (NCS) and needle electromyography (EMG) provide important and complementary information for evaluating patients with suspected neuromuscular disorders. NCS and needle EMG are reasonably safe diagnostic investigations and are generally associated with only mild transient discomfort when performed by experienced physicians. However, there is the risk of complications in some patients, because NCS involve the administration of electric current and EMG involves inserting a needle percutaneously into muscle tissue. This article reviews the potential risks of NCS and needle EMG.
Key words: Nerve conduction studies; Complications; Electrodiagnosis; Safety
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