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Electrodiagnostic Medical Consultation Program


The Electrodiagnostic Medical Consultation Program (EMG) at Children’s National Medical Center provides electrodiagnostic testing for patients with known or suspected neuromuscular disorders. Over pediatric electrodiagnostic medical consultations are performed at Children’s yearly. The studies are conducted by two of the most experienced pediatric electromyographers in the country who offer a combined experience of over 45 years.

The electrodiagnostic testing is tailored to answer questions posed by the referring physician. Nerve conduction studies measure the speed of electrical impulses carried by peripheral nerves in response to small electrical stimuli. Electromyography studies measure the electrical activity of muscles recorded by small needle electrodes. Together these studies provide important information about many neuromuscular disorders. The skill and experience of our Electrodiagnostic consultants minimize the discomfort of these procedures.

The EMG Program offers sophisticated studies, such as single fiber electromyography and electrodiagnostic tests performed, in special circumstances, under sedation or anesthesia.

Among the conditions that can be evaluated by these tests are:
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Myasthenia Gravis and myasthenic syndromes
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis.
  • Brachial plexus palsy and other peripheral nerve dysfunction
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Traumatic nerve injuries
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Myotonic myopathies
  • Metabolic muscle disorders
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