If you are being referred for an electromyography test, you will find below brief information about this diagnostic procedure.
This is a highly specialized test that measures how peripheral nerves (electroneurography) and muscles (electromyography) are working. Electroneurography involves electrical stimulation of nerves in specific locations and recording the resulting responses. The number of nerves and/or muscles depends on the type of symptoms and questions asked by the referring specialist, as well as the findings during the test.
In electroneurography, the examiner places small surface electrodes on the skin of the arm or leg to be examined. You will feel weak electrical impulses, thus allowing the doctor to stimulate your nerves. The test is very well tolerated and do not lead to serious side effects. Many patients don’t need electromyography, but some require recording of muscle signals with very fine needles. This is a completely safe test that, apart from some discomfort and very rare minimal bruising, carries no risk of serious complications.
No special preparations are required. No special diet is required for this test. You do not need to avoid certain medications unless recommended by your referring specialist.
The whole procedure takes about 30-60 minutes.
The results can be provided on the day of the test, but in some cases our specialists need time to analyze them. The results might be sent to the referring specialist/GP within 1 week of the test. In case you have not directed otherwise, the information obtained may be used for research purposes.
Of course, since no side effects are expected.