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Focal neuropathies 

Focal neuropathies
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Focal neuropathies
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Jeremy D. P. Bland

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199688395.003.0019
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date: 30 March 2020

Focal neuropathies discusses the clinical, neurophysiological, and imaging assessment of the group of localized nerve lesions which are often referred to as ‘tunnel syndromes’. It first sets out general principles about how to define these syndromes and for their clinical, neurophysiological, and imaging assessment. Secondly, it discusses the relative importance of neurophysiological testing in diagnosis, prognosis, and the detection of coincident pathology when assessing these disorders. Finally, it then applies these principles to the example conditions of carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy at the elbow, peroneal neuropathy at the knee, and tarsal tunnel syndrome, and illustrates the use of neurophysiological tests as part of a comprehensive assessment intended to guide patient management.

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