Electrically evoked multiplet discharges are associated with more marked clinical deterioration in motor neuron disease
Muscle & Nerve , Volume 53 - Issue 2 p. 222- 226
Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine whether electrically evoked multiplet discharges (MDs) are related to severity of clinical deterioration in motor neuron disease (MND).
Methods: Stimulated high-density surface electromyographic (HDsEMG) recordings were performed in thenar muscles. Data were collected from 31 MND patients. MDs from the HDsEMG recordings were determined at baseline. ALSFRS-R scores were obtained at baseline and at a maximum of 16 weeks follow-up.
Results: The presence of MDs was associated with progressive deterioration of ALSFRS-R score (P = 0.02) and fine motor function (FMF) (P < 0.001). Patients who had a higher number of motor units that generated MDs (r = 0.61, P < 0.001) and patients who had a higher number of MDs (as percentage of applied stimuli) (r = 0.59, P = 0.001) had a more severe decline in FMF.
Conclusions: Electrically evoked MDs are associated with more marked clinical deterioration in patients with MND.
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Sleutjes, B.T.H.M, Maathuis, E.M, van Doorn, P.A, Blok, J.H, & Visser, G.H. (2016). Electrically evoked multiplet discharges are associated with more marked clinical deterioration in motor neuron disease. Muscle & Nerve, 53(2), 222–226. doi:10.1002/mus.24700