Comparison Between Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Somatosensory Evoked Potentials in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Patients

  • S. Nagata
  • E. Transfeldt
  • B. Roche
  • F. Torres
  • K. Heithoff
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Comparison between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP) was done in 30 chronic spinal cord injury patients. A high incidence of syringomyelia (42%) as a posttraumatic later complication was found from the result of the MRI study.

Positive correlation was seen between MRI and SEEP (88%), and neurological evaluation and SSEP (81%). SSEP were useful in detecting spinal cord lesions at levels that are clinically normal. But a false rate of posterior tibial nerve stimulation in the SSEP was relatively high (28%) compared with median (5%) and ulnar nerve stimulation (6%).


Spinal Cord Spinal Cord Injury Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Somatosensory Evoke Potential Spinal Cord Injury Patient 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Nagata
    • 1
  • E. Transfeldt
  • B. Roche
  • F. Torres
  • K. Heithoff
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryKanazawa University School of MedicineKanazawa, 920Japan

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