Brainstem impairment in multiple sclerosis: an assessment by multimodal evoked potentials

V. Cosi, R. Bergamaschi, A. Citterio, R. Callieco

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Abstract

The usefulness of multimodal evoked potentials for the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is established. Our purpose was to try a set of 3 EPs (BAEP, median SEP and trigeminal SEP) in the evaluation of brainstem dysfunction. 53 definite and probable MS patients have been examined; they were allotted to 3 groups according to the duration of the disease. Our results showed that median SEP is the most sensitive investigation, while BAEP and trigeminal SEP were abnormal in a smaller number of cases. The combined use of median and trigeminal SEPs supplied sufficient information on brainstem function, without using the complete set of EPs. No significant relation between EP abnormalities and duration of the disease was found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-161
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1989

Keywords

  • BAEP
  • brainstem
  • evoked potentials
  • median SEP
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • trigeminal SEP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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