Paediatric Electromyography

Paediatric Electromyography

Matthew Pitt

Print publication date: Oct 2017

ISBN: 9780198754596

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Paediatric Electromyography is a single-author textbook which covers the full range of applications of the techniques of nerve conduction and electromyography (EMG) in children from the neonatal period to the late teenage years. It comprises five sections. Section 1 in its first chapter, gives a detailed introduction to the different skills that are needed to effect successful interventions in paediatric EMG. The emphasis here is that paediatric EMG is not simply adult EMG applied to younger subjects. Its second chapter is an introduction to the basic physiology which is common to any practice of nerve and muscle study. The next three sections (2–4), each comprised of three chapters, are structured anatomically covering in order, nerves, muscles, and neuromuscular junctions. All follow a similar pattern with the first chapter of the section dedicated to the underlying physiology needed for interpretation of the techniques used in the investigation of that particular part of the nervous system. The second chapter gives the pathophysiological associations and the final chapter covers any aspect not covered in the previous two chapters. In section 5 the techniques needed to deal with the more unusual clinical requests, such as investigation of facial palsy, swallowing abnormalities, brachial plexus injuries, and diaphragmatic problems are brought together in a final chapter. The book is concluded with three appendices. Appendix 1 describes protocols devised to cover the differing clinical request sent to any laboratory. Appendix 2 gives a comprehensive database of normative data, often derived from e-norm methodology, and intending to cover every measure recorded. Appendix 3 is an illustrated description of electrode placements for all the common nerve studies.