Evaluation of Motor Neuron Excitability by CMAP Scanning with Electric Modulated Current

Tiago Araújo, Rui Candeias, Neuza Nunes, Hugo Gamboa

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Abstract

Compound Muscle Action Potential (CMAP) scan is a noninvasive promissory technique for neurodegenerative pathologies diagnosis. In this work new CMAP scan protocols were implemented to study the influence of electrical pulse waveform on peripheral nerve excitability. Methods . A total of 13 healthy subjects were tested. Stimulation was performed with an increasing intensities range from 4 to 30 mA. The procedure was repeated 4 times per subject, using a different single pulse stimulation waveform: monophasic square and triangular and quadratic and biphasic square. Results . Different waveforms elicit different intensity-response amplitude curves. The square pulse needs less current to generate the same response amplitude regarding the other waves and this effect is gradually decreasing for the triangular, quadratic, and biphasic pulse, respectively. Conclusion . The stimulation waveform has a direct influence on the stimulus-response slope and consequently on the motoneurons excitability. This can be a new prognostic parameter for neurodegenerative disorders.

Academic paper (PDF): Evaluation of Motor Neuron Excitability by CMAP Scanning with Electric Modulated Current. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282343522_Evaluation_of_Motor_Neuron_Excitability_by_CMAP_Scanning_with_Electric_Modulated_Current [accessed Apr 4, 2017].
Original languageEnglish
JournalNeuroscience journal
Volume2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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