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CLNP5003: Clinical Neurophysiology Techniques

Clinical neurophysiologists are required to have expertise in a number of different diagnostic and monitoring modalities. This unit will use a case based approach to cover the most commonly used diagnostic techniques (other than EEG) and will focus on nerve conduction studies and sensory evoked potential recordings.

Code CLNP5003
Academic unit Clinical Neurophysiology
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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CLNP5001
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the basic principles behind stimulating and recording motor and sensory nerves to diagnosis common clinical problems
  • LO2. explain the physiological basis behind electromyography
  • LO3. demonstrate the correct setup for performing common upper limb motor and sensory nerve conduction studies
  • LO4. apply an understanding of the neuroanatomy of the upper limbs to distinguish radiculopathy from peripheral nerve lesions on the basis of clinical features and clinical neurophysiology
  • LO5. demonstrate the correct setup for performing common lower limb motor and sensory nerve conduction studies
  • LO6. apply an understanding of the neuroanatomy of the lower limbs to distinguish radiculopathy from peripheral nerve lesions on the basis of clinical features and clinical neurophysiology
  • LO7. explain the pathophysiological basis of electromyographic recordings
  • LO8. distinguish voluntary and involuntary activity on EMG
  • LO9. explain the EMG features of active denervation, chronic denervation, and myopathic processes
  • LO10. demonstrate the correct setup for performing visual evoked potential studies
  • LO11. demonstrate the correct setup for performing upper and lower limb somatosensory evoked potential studies
  • LO12. use results of evoked potential studies to help diagnose optic neuritis
  • LO13. differentiate myelopathy from peripheral neuropathy on the basis of somatosensory evoked potential study results
  • LO14. distinguish median and ulnar neuropathies from other causes of hand and wrist complaints.
  • LO15. grade the severity of median neuropathy at the wrist neurophysiologically
  • LO16. describe neurophysiological features of demyelination and axonal pathologies
  • LO17. critically evaluate a repetitive nerve stimulation study result and define a positive result.

Unit outlines

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