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Monday, May 17, 2010

American Academy of Neurology-Policy on Intraoperative Neuromonitoring!

The American Academy of Neurology has put up this policy on Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, though old but it is interesting note some observations like the following multicenter evaluation study on SSEPs, it is an impressive result as far as SSEPs concerned.
2. Multicenter Data in Spinal Surgeries
An extensive multicenter study conducted in 1995 demonstrated that IOM using SEP reduced the
risk of paraplegia by 60% in spinal surgeries (Nuwer et al., 1995). The incidence of false
negative cases, wherein an operative complication occurred without having been detected by the
monitoring procedure, was small: 0.06% (Nuwer et al., 1995).