OBJECTIVE: To determine whether patients with mild carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and conventional electrodiagnostic evidence of selective involvement of sensory conduction show changes in motor axon recruitment in the median nerve. METHODS: Wrist-to-abductor pollicis brevis (APB) motor axon conduction was studied by analysing the relationship between the intensity of electrical stimulation and the size of motor response (input-output curve) in 30 CTS patients with conventional electrodiagnostic evidence of selective involvement of sensory conduction. Parameters (threshold, slope and plateau) of input-output curves were compared with those obtained in 30 controls. RESULTS: The slope of the input-output curve of CTS patients was less steep than that of controls. For stimulus intensity above M-wave threshold (MTh), fewer motor axons were recruited in patients than controls. CONCLUSIONS: Motor fibres are affected in CTS when conventional electrodiagnostic tests show normal motor conduction. Altered recruitment of motor axons could mainly be due to impairment of energy-dependent processes which affect temporal dispersion of the compound volley or axonal conduction block. SIGNIFICANCE: In mild CTS, motor fibres are more often affected than was originally thought. The sensitivity of wrist-to-APB motor conduction studies may be increased by using submaximal stimulus intensities.
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|Titolo:||Changes in motor axon recruitment in the median nerve in mild carpal tunnel syndrome.|
|Citazione:||Ginanneschi, F., Mondelli, M., Dominici, F., & Rossi, A. (2006). Changes in motor axon recruitment in the median nerve in mild carpal tunnel syndrome. CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 117(11), 2467-2472.|
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