Utilization and yield of nerve conduction studies and electromyography in older adults

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/605689
Title:
Utilization and yield of nerve conduction studies and electromyography in older adults
Authors:
Mello, S; O’Toole, O; McNamara, B
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Feb-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/605689
Abstract:
Older adults are at increased risk of both central and peripheral neurological disorders. Impaired nerve and muscle deficits contribute to morbidity and reduced quality of life. Our aim was to define the utilization and yield of nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) in older adults. We reviewed NCS and EMG records for all patients older than age 65 in the year 2012. Of 1,530 NCS and EMGs performed, 352 (23%) were in patients older than 65 (mean age 73.7, 52% male). Two hundred and eighty-eight (83.7%) of NCS were abnormal as were 102 (71.8%) of EMGs. The likelihood of having an abnormal test result increased with increasing age. The most common diagnosis was peripheral neuropathy 231 (65.4%). The incidence of peripheral neuropathy is particularly high in this age group, and detection is vital to prevent morbidity and improve quality of life.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE AND DISORDER; OLDER PEOPLE

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMello, Sen
dc.contributor.authorO’Toole, Oen
dc.contributor.authorMcNamara, Ben
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-18T11:46:13Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-18T11:46:13Zen
dc.date.issued2016-02en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/605689en
dc.description.abstractOlder adults are at increased risk of both central and peripheral neurological disorders. Impaired nerve and muscle deficits contribute to morbidity and reduced quality of life. Our aim was to define the utilization and yield of nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) in older adults. We reviewed NCS and EMG records for all patients older than age 65 in the year 2012. Of 1,530 NCS and EMGs performed, 352 (23%) were in patients older than 65 (mean age 73.7, 52% male). Two hundred and eighty-eight (83.7%) of NCS were abnormal as were 102 (71.8%) of EMGs. The likelihood of having an abnormal test result increased with increasing age. The most common diagnosis was peripheral neuropathy 231 (65.4%). The incidence of peripheral neuropathy is particularly high in this age group, and detection is vital to prevent morbidity and improve quality of life.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectNEUROLOGICAL DISEASE AND DISORDERen
dc.subjectOLDER PEOPLEen
dc.titleUtilization and yield of nerve conduction studies and electromyography in older adultsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceMunsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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