Utilization and Yield of Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography in Older Adults.

Irish medical journal

PubMedID: 27685694

Mello S, O'Toole O, McNamara B. Utilization and Yield of Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography in Older Adults. Ir Med J. 2016;109(2):361.
Older adults are at increased risk of both central and peripheral neurological disorders. Impaired nerve and muscle deficits contribute to morbidity and reduced quality of life. Our aim was to define the utilization and yield of nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) in older adults. We reviewed NCS and EMG records for all patients older than age 65 in the year 2012. Of 1,530 NCS and EMGs performed, 352 (23%) were in patients older than 65 (mean age 73. 7, 52% male). 288 (83. 7%) of NCS were abnormal as were 102 (71. 8%) of EMGs. The likelihood of having an abnormal test result increased with increasing age. The most common diagnosis was peripheral neuropathy 231 (65. 4%). The incidence of peripheral neuropathy is particularly high in this age group and detection is vital to prevent morbidity and improve quality of life.