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Stimulated jitter with concentric needle in 42 myasthenia gravis patients
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
2013 (English)In: Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, ISSN 0004-282X, E-ISSN 1678-4227, Vol. 71, no 4, 237-243 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To estimate jitter parameters in myasthenia gravis in stimulated frontalis and extensor digitorum muscles using the concentric needle electrode. Methods: Forty-two confirmed myasthenia gravis patients, being 22 males (aged 45.6 +/- 17.2 years-old) were studied. Jitter was expressed as the mean consecutive difference (MCD). Results: MCD in extensor digitorum was 61.6 mu s (abnormal in 85.7%) and in frontalis 57.3 mu s (abnormal in 88.1%). Outliers represented 90.5% for extensor digitorum and 88.1% for frontalis. At least one jitter parameter was abnormal in 90.5% of the combined studies. Acetylcholine receptor antibody was abnormal in 85.7% of the cases. Conclusions: Stimulated jitter recordings measured from muscles using concentric needle electrode can be used for myasthenia gravis diagnosis with high sensitivity. Extensive normative studies are still lacking and, therefore, borderline findings should be judged with great caution.

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2013. Vol. 71, no 4, 237-243 p.
Keyword [en]
jitter, myasthenia gravis, concentric needle electrode, Extensor Digitorum, Frontalis, single-fiber electromyography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-200360DOI: 10.1590/0004-282X20130008ISI: 000317668600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-200360DiVA: diva2:623571
Available from: 2013-05-28 Created: 2013-05-27 Last updated: 2013-05-28Bibliographically approved

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