Nerve Conduction Velocity

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Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) testing involves electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves, and recording the electrical response as the nerve impulse is transmitted down the nerve.  By analyzing the degree and type of electrical response, neurologists can better determine whether the nerve is conducting the impulses properly, and which part of the nerve (nerve fibers or myelin coating) is most likely affected.

In people, nerve conduction testing is done fully awake.  Since we cannot explain to animals that they might be a little uncomfortable, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia to prevent discomfort.

Nerve conduction testing is used in conjunction with electromyography and biopsy to help diagnose patients with neuromuscular disorders.

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