Neuromuscular ultrasound in polyneuropathies and motor neuron disease.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Current standards for diagnosing polyneuropathies (PN) and motor neuron disease (MND) sometimes lack early sensitivity and result in delayed diagnosis and treatment. Neuromuscular ultrasound (NMUS), already established in the diagnosis of entrapment neuropathies, may offer another means of diagnosis and monitoring response to therapy. This review of current evidence discusses diffuse nerve hypertrophy in hereditary demyelinating neuropathies, multifocal nerve enlargement in acquired demyelinating PN and the lack of readily apparent structural change in axonal neuropathies. NMUS detection of fasciculations and muscular change in MND is also reviewed, along with the need for further research to better define the role of nerve imaging in patients with PN.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hobson-Webb, LD

Published Date

  • June 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 790 - 804

PubMed ID

  • 23629869

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mus.23737


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States