Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies Periprocedural Care

Updated: Oct 09, 2015
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Jonathan P Miller, MD  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Patient Education & Consent

Patient Instructions

No patient preparation is necessary, but patients should remove their jewelry and avoid using any skin lotions on the day of testing.

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Equipment

Many commercial EMG and nerve conduction study units are available.

Several manufacturers produce computer-based EMG equipment. This generally includes a stimulator, amplifier, preamplifier, speaker, computer, printer, and many different electrodes.

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Patient Preparation

EMG and nerve conduction studies are routine studies done in a physician’s office or ambulatory clinic. No special preparation is necessary except that patients should refrain from using any skin lotions prior to the test.

Patients should be thoroughly evaluated to plan the study. The procedure should be explained to the patient prior to commencing the study.

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Anesthesia

No anesthesia is generally used for this procedure.

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Positioning

The patient will have to move in different positions depending on what areas of the body are examined.

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Monitoring & Follow-up

There is no recovery period as anesthesiology is generally not used.

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