Utility and practice of electrodiagnostic testing in the pediatric population: An AANEM consensus statement

The Professional Practice Committee of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

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Abstract

Nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography, collectively known as electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies, have been available for pediatric patients for decades, but the accessibility of this diagnostic modality and the approach to testing vary significantly depending on the physician and institution. The maturation of molecular diagnostic approaches and other diagnostic technologies such as neuromuscular ultrasound indicate that an analysis of current needs and practices for EDX studies in the pediatric population is warranted. The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine convened a consensus panel to perform literature searches, share collective experiences, and develop a consensus statement. The panel found that electrodiagnostic studies continue to have high utility for the diagnosis of numerous childhood neuromuscular disorders, and that standardized approaches along with the use of high-quality reference values are important to maximize the diagnostic yield of these tests in infants, children, and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-155
Number of pages13
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • children
  • electrodiagnostic medicine
  • electromyography
  • infants
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)

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