Tongue Laceration during Neurophysiologic Monitoring with Motor Evoked Potentials

@inproceedings{Pisklakov2012TongueLD,
  title={Tongue Laceration during Neurophysiologic Monitoring with Motor Evoked Potentials},
  author={Sergey V. Pisklakov and Vanny Le and Paul A Sandoval},
  year={2012}
}
Although considered a safe modality for monitoring spinal cord function, motor evoked potentials (MEP) may cause tongue laceration in rare cases. Bite blocks are essential in order to prevent tongue and mucosal injury during monitoring with MEP, but there is no consensus on the ideal bite block to use for this purpose. Potential concerns include tongue necrosis from prolonged use of an oral airway as a hard bite block, and TMJ dysfunction caused by occlusal interference when blocks interrupt… CONTINUE READING

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