Electrodiagnosis of peripheral neuropathy

Neurol Clin. 2012 May;30(2):529-49. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2011.12.013. Epub 2012 Jan 17.


Electrodiagnostic studies are an important component of the evaluation of patients with suspected peripheral nerve disorders. The pattern of findings and the features that are seen on the motor and sensory nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography can help to identify the type of neuropathy, define the underlying pathophysiology (axonal or demyelinating), and ultimately help to narrow the list of possible causes. This article reviews the electrodiagnostic approach to and interpretation of findings in patients with peripheral neuropathies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electrodiagnosis / methods*
  • Humans
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*