Paula J Micklesen

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OBJECTIVES A systematic review of somatosensory evoked potentials performed early after onset of coma, to predict the likelihood of nonawakening. The pooled results were evaluated for rates of awakening, confidence intervals, and the possibility of rare exceptions. DATA SOURCES Forty-one articles reporting somatosensory evoked potentials in comatose(More)
The prevalence of various manifestations of spasticity from questionnaire responses and from clinical examination of chronic spinal cord injured patients is reported. Extensor spasms, flexor withdrawal spasms, and clonus were reported by most subjects. Those with incomplete lesions reported more interference with activities, more pain, and less functional(More)
We compared three strategies for diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome: using a single test; requiring one, two, or three of three tests to be abnormal; or utilizing a single summary variable incorporating data from three tests. Sixty-five hands of subjects without clinical carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) were compared with 66 hands with clinical CTS. Three(More)
The combined sensory index (CSI), the sum of three latency differences, median-ulnar across the palm (palmdiff), median-ulnar to the ring finger (ringdiff), and median-radial to the thumb (thumbdiff), has higher sensitivity and reliability for carpal tunnel syndrome than individual tests. The objective in this study was to develop an approach that minimizes(More)
The combined sensory index (CSI) is a useful electrodiagnostic tool, but it was not known if the CSI can be correlated with clinical outcome following carpal tunnel decompression. The objective of this study was to examine the association between the CSI and symptom relief from pain and parasthesiae following surgical intervention. Retrospective chart(More)
BACKGROUND Median nerve short-latency somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) are useful in determining prognosis for awakening after coma following hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, but reliability of interpretation is unclear. OBJECTIVE To measure inter- and intra-observer reliability of determining presence or absence of SSEPs in comatose patients(More)
INTRODUCTION It is unclear whether the rate of stimulation for somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) can influence the presence or absence of cortical responses to median nerve stimulation in comatose patients. If so, this could affect how SEPs are performed and interpreted for prognostication in coma. Our objective was to determine how frequently our(More)
There is debate regarding how best to utilize ulnar motor nerve conduction velocity (MNCV) to identify ulnar neuropathy at the elbow (UNE). We used receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curves to compare absolute across-elbow MNCV with MNCV difference between elbow and forearm segments (VDIF) when recording from abductor digiti minimi (ADM) and first(More)
It is important to have strong predictors of outcome in traumatic neuropathies so that appropriate management can be instituted early. Our objective in this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of electrodiagnostic studies in traumatic radial neuropathy. In this retrospective study, 33 of 67 subjects with traumatic radial neuropathy met the inclusion(More)