AAEM minimonograph 32: the electrodiagnostic examination in patients with radiculopathies. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Muscle Nerve. 1998 Dec;21(12):1612-31. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-4598(199812)21:12<1612::aid-mus2>3.0.co;2-0.


The anatomy and pathophysiology of radiculopathies are reviewed, and the electrodiagnostic approaches used in evaluating patients with suspected root lesions are discussed. Such electrophysiologic procedures include motor and sensory nerve conduction studies, late-response studies, somatosensory and motor evoked potentials, nerve root stimulation, and needle electromyography. The value and limitations of these different procedures are considered. At the present time, needle electromyography is the single most useful approach. The findings in patients with radiculopathies at different levels are summarized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electrodiagnosis* / methods
  • Electrodiagnosis* / standards
  • Electromyography / standards
  • Humans
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Spinal Nerve Roots* / physiopathology