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American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31820be34e
Invited Reviews

Electrodiagnosis in Cancer Treatment and Rehabilitation

Custodio, Christian M MD

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Abstract

As cancer patients are living longer and the number of cancer survivors increases, more secondary complications related to cancer and its treatments are being recognized. A large number of neuromuscular processes, stemming from cancer itself, from secondary metabolic effects, from paraneoplastic syndromes, from preexisting conditions, or from adverse effects related to cancer treatments, can affect the peripheral nervous system at any level. Electrodiagnostic tools such as nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography are uniquely suited to assess the function of the peripheral nervous system and are valuable tools in confirming and defining neuromuscular dysfunction and in helping guide oncologic and physiatric treatment and prognosis for the cancer rehabilitation patient.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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