"Pseudo-conduction block" in vasculitic neuropathy

Muscle Nerve. 1999 Oct;22(10):1361-6. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-4598(199910)22:10<1361::aid-mus4>3.0.co;2-1.


The predominant electrophysiologic feature of vasculitic mononeuropathy multiplex is axonal loss. Electrophysiologic findings interpreted as conduction block have, however, also been reported to occur in neuropathy secondary to necrotizing vasculitis. We report 3 patients with mononeuropathy multiplex and biopsy proven vasculitis in whom eight nerves met criteria for conduction block. In each circumstance, serial study demonstrated conversion of the electrophysiologic findings to those most consistent with severe axonal loss. "Conduction block" in vasculitic mononeuropathy multiplex is secondary to focal axonal conduction failure presumably related to infarctive axonal injury. The term conduction block should be used with caution in this disorder and only if serial studies demonstrate findings consistent with this electrophysiologic diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Axons / physiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mononeuropathies / complications*
  • Mononeuropathies / pathology
  • Mononeuropathies / physiopathology*
  • Neural Conduction*
  • Vasculitis / complications*
  • Wallerian Degeneration