Auditory, Somatosensory and Visual Evoked Potentials in the Diagnosis of Neuropathology: Recording Considerations and Normative Data

  • T. Allison
  • W. R. Goff
  • C. C. Wood
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Recent advances have led to an increased ability to use initial components of the human auditory (AEP) and visual (VEP) evoked potential as a neurophysiological probe for the detection of CNS disorders (for reviews see e.g., Starr et al., 1978; Halliday, 1978). These advances were quickly followed by a successful search for subcortical portions of the somatosensory evoked potential (SEP) which could be applied similarly to neurological problems (Matthews et al., 1974; Cracco and Cracco, 1976; Jones, 1977; Hume and Cant, 1978). For purposes of differential diagnosis and better localization of lesions it will often be desirable to record EPs to the three modalities of stimulation. A few studies have already appeared using combinations of EPs (e.g., Mastaglia et al., 1976; Stockard and Sharbrough, 1978). The need thus arises for a review of the problems involved in combining AEP, SEP and VEP recording in a test which can be carried out in a single recording session. This paper will consider recording conditions and available normative data in such a clinical context. In referring to electrode location the subscripts c and i will denote locations contralateral and ipsilateral to the side of stimulation. All components are labelled by their polarity and approximate peak latency; AEP components P2-P9 correspond to waves I-VII as usually described.


Median Nerve Evoke Potential Somatosensory Evoke Potential Compound Action Potential Median Nerve Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Allison
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. R. Goff
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. C. Wood
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Veterans Administration HospitalWest HavenUSA
  2. 2.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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