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1 CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME Nerve Conduction Study Katie Doney –

2 Motor Pathways Ventral Horn CNS Motor Neuron Muscle

3 Motor Pathways Possible places of dysfunction 1.CNS 1.EEG Electroencephalography 2.PET Positron Emission Tomography 3.fMRI Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

4 Motor Pathways Possible places of dysfunction 2. Muscle Needle EMG Electromyography 1.CNS 1.EEG Electroencephalography 2.PET Positron Emission Tomography 3.fMRI Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

5 Motor Pathways Possible places of dysfunction 2. Muscle Needle EMG Electromyography 1.CNS 1.EEG Electroencephalography 2.PET Positron Emission Tomography 3.fMRI Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3. Peripheral Nerve Nerve conduction study

6 Peripheral Nerve Made up of: - Sensory nerves - Motor nerves - Myelin - Glial cells MEDIAN ULNAR

7 Median Nerve Pathology in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compression of the median nerve results in DemyelinationAxonal degeneration Decreased blood supply These manifest as: - Numbness - Pain - Parasthesiae - Weakness - Problems with fine manipulative skills

8 Nerve Conduction Study Stimulate nerve and record outcome. 2 main types 1. Motor (record compound muscle action potential) 2. Sensory (record compound sensory action potential) -Orthodromic (stimulate at finger, record on elbow/wrist) -Antidromic (stimulate at elbow/wrist, record on finger) -Radial-median (stimulate at wrist, record on thumb) -Palmar (stimulate at palm, record on elbow/wrist) Most sensitive Least sensitive

9 Changes to CMAP in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome -Latency: Normal < 4.9 ms -Amplitude: Normal ≥ 5 mV -Shape: Normal curve Time Response amplitude Pathology: - demyelination - axonal degeneration

10 Nerve Conduction Study Measures Latency and Amplitude –Latency is the time between the artefact and the initiation of the compound action potential –The artefact occurs when you press the button to stimulate the electrode –Latency increases pathologically due to: –Axonal degeneration –Demyelination –Latency increases non-pathologically due to: –Length of axon

11 Nerve Conduction Study Measures Latency and Amplitude –The amplitude of the curve shows the strength of the compound action potential –The area under the curve decreases pathologically due to: –Number of axons involved »Diameter of nerve –The area under the curve decreases non- pathologically due to: –Strength of initial stimulus

12 Nerve Conduction Study Motor Nerve Conduction Study Setup: –Stimulating electrode to set up action potentials in median nerve from wrist or elbow –Recording electrode on abductor pollicus brevis to record compound muscle action potential –Techniques to increase effectiveness of stimulation –Earth

13 Conduction Velocity Importance: Eliminating wrong localisation of problem Method: 1 swsw r Latency wrist 2 sese r Latency elbow

14 Conduction Velocity Calculations: Velocity = Method: 1 swsw r Latency wrist 2 sese r Latency elbow Distance Time Distance L elbow – L wrist =

15 Conduction Velocity Normal value > 50 m/s Other sources of error – stimulus position - estimation of nerve course - latency measurement

16 Problems with comparing features to normal values Features change with –Temperature –Age Age 2080 Latency Age CV Solution: Repeat measurements on ulnar nerve as a control. This also gives additional evidence to rule out generalised neuropathy.

17 Compound Antidromic Sensory Action Potential Setup: - stimulate at wrist/elbow and record at finger - gain set higher - signal very small so average random noise Normal values: - Latency < 3.6 ms - Velocity > 50 m/s - Amplitude > 15  V - Latency < 3.1 ms - Velocity > 54 m/s - Amplitude > 10  V MEDIAN SENSORY (ANTIDROMIC)ULNAR SENSORY (ANTIDROMIC)

18 An example: Right Antidromic Ulnar Normal: -Lat < 3.1 ms -Amp > 10 uV …. Ulnar OK – not generalised neuropathy

19 An example: Right Antidromic Median Normal: -Lat <3.6 ms -Amp >15 uV -CV >50 m/s …. In median nerve, evidence of demyelination and axonal degeneration between wrist and finger, but not between wrist and elbow. Suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome.

20 An example: Right Thenar Median Normal: - Lat < 4.9 ms - Amp ≥ 5 mV - CV > 50 m/s …. Motor portion of median is OK. Mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome.

21 Take home message! In carpal tunnel syndrome there will be a longer latency between the wrist and the finger/thenar eminence but NOT between the elbow and the wrist The ulnar nerve will not be effected in carpal tunnel syndrome because it does not pass through the carpal tunnel


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