An Electromyogram (EMG) is a test that measures the electrical activity of the muscles.
NCS measures the speed of conduction of electrical impulses through a nerve, calculated by measuring the distance between electrodes and the time it takes for electrical impulses to travel between electrodes.
An NCS or EMG can help a physician distinguish the cause of numbness or paralysis, muscle weakness or spasms, and the cause of pain in the arms, hands, legs, feet and face. The results will allow the ordering physician to be able to determine the course of treatment.
Before the procedure
The study consists of two parts:
For both parts of the test, the patient may feel some uncomfortable sensations.
Things to know about an EMG at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and its satellites:
If any of the following precautions apply, please call Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi at 800 8 CCAD (2223), extension 65819, Sunday through Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please inform the call center representative if:
- Mestinon (pyridostigmine bromide)
- Coumadine (crystalline warfarin sodium)
- Lovenox (enoxaparin)
Note: please notify the call center if you will be late for your appointment. The grace period is 15 minutes only.
There are no side effects associated with this procedure.
If you have any questions, please call Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi at 800 8 CCAD (2223), extension 65819, Sunday through Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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