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Clinical Electromyography (EMG)

Clinical Electromyography (EMG)

If you are being referred for an electromyography test, you will find below brief information about this diagnostic procedure.

What is the clinical electromyography?

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.

What happens 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.

How to get prepared for this test?

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.

  • For comfort, it is good to wear loose clothing. For the examination of the wrists and hands, the sleeves should be wide enough to be pulled up above the elbows. To examine the legs, the trouser legs are rolled up above the knees. Some patients may wear shorts for convenience or bring shorts to change into.
  • You should refrain from applying moisturizing creams 24 hours before the test.
  • If you have an implanted pacemaker, it is important to inform us and call 02/4444455.
  • Please bring your Prescription Record Book with all the medicines you take.
  • It is necessary to inform our specialists if you are taking medications that reduce the ability of blood to clot (anticoagulants), such as the medication Sintrom.

How long does the test take?

The whole procedure takes about 30-60 minutes.

Will I be informed of the results after the test?

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.

Can I go back to work?

Of course, since no side effects are expected.