Latency jump of "relaxed" versus "contracted" motor evoked potentials as a marker of cortico-spinal maturation

M. D. Caramia, M. T. Desiato, P. Cicinelli, C. Iani, P. M. Rossini

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Abstract

Magnetic brain stimulation was carried out in 17 children, agen from 2 to 12 years, in order to investigate the latency difference between relaxed and contracted motor evoked potentials (MEPs) as a function of age. While the latency of contracted MEPs increased in a linear fashion with age and body size, the relaxed MEP latency had a much slower "maturation," which gained the adult value at about 10-12 years of age in parallel with the acquisition of manual skills. The age-related variation of this "latency jump" appears to be a specific indicator of maturative phenomena relating to motor systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology - Evoked Potentials
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Keywords

  • Brain stimulation
  • Cortico-spinal tracts
  • Maturation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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