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Journal Review: Double Peak Sensory Nerve Action Potentials to Single Stimuli in NCSs
Members Only Free CME! - In humans, sensory nerve action potentials (SNAPs) can show 2 separate deflections, i.e., double peak potentials (DPp), which necessarily means that 1 peak is delayed with respect to the other. DPps may have various origins and be due to either physical or physiological properties. Methods: We review the nature of commonly encountered DPps in clinical practice, provide the most likely interpretations for their physiological origin, and assess their reproducibility and clinical utility. Results: We classified the DPps into 3 categories: (1) simultaneous anodal and cathodal stimulation. (2) simultaneous recording from 2 different nerves at the same site, and (3) SNAP desynchronization. Conclusions: Although the recording of DPps is not a standardized neurophysiological method, their study brings interesting cues about the physiology of nerve stimulation and paves the way for clinical application of such an observation.

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Joao Leote, Msc; Pedro Pereira, MD; and Josep Valls-Sole, MD
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