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Nerve conduction studies evaluate the function of the peripheral nerves. In the clinical practice, the function of the motor nerves is the most commonly evaluated. The measurement is done while the the patient is under general anesthesia. Two small needles are inserted near the nerve and the nerve is stimulated with low electrical current. The stimulation of the nerve initiates muscle contraction. Distance from the stimulation to the recording site is measured as well as time needed for impulse to arrive to the muscle. Changes in the nerve conduction velocity indicate damage to the axon of the nerve, to its myelin sheath or both. Nerve conduction velocity helps to confirm the presence of the peripheral nerve disease and to choose the right nerve for the further investigation such as nerve biopsy.
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Neurology

The neurology/neurosurgery service at AVCC is a comprehensive service providing diagnostics and treatments to patients with neurological condition. The staff on this service have the ability to diagnose and treat most neurological conditions. With on-site access to a 1.5Tesla GE MRI and GE Helical CT, same day imaging can be accommodated most of the time. The staff within this department perform medical and surgical neurology on a variety of conditions including

  • Advanced Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Consultation, Diagnosis and Treatment of
  • Intracranial Diseases
  • Vestibular Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Nerve and Muscle Diseases
  • Congenital and Inherited Neurological Diseases
  • Neurosurgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Congenital Malformation Correction (A-A luxation, Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus)
  • Brain and Spinal Tumors
  • Cervical Spondylomyelopathy €“ Wobbler's Syndrome
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Brain Biopsies
  • Nerve and Muscle Biopsy
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Tap Collection and Interpretation
  • Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (MRI, CT, and myelograms)
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing €“ BAER, EMG and Nerve Conduction Velocity
  • Chronic Pain Management

Our Neurology Services

BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential) Testing
Cerebrospinal Fluid Collection and Analysis
Craniotomy/Craniectomy-Diagnostic and Therapeutic
Dorsal Laminectomy (cervical and lumbosacral)

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