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NCV Upper Limbs

Overview Brief

NCV Upper Limbs is a diagnostic procedure to measure the rate at which electric signals travel between the peripheral nerves.

What is NCV Upper Limbs Test?

NCV Upper Limbs test is conducted to evaluate the health of peripheral nerves and to diagnose neuromuscular diseases. NCV Upper Limbs test is an effective tool for neurologists, to study disorders affecting the nerves in the upper limbs.

How is NCV Upper Limbs Test Performed?

NCV Upper Limbs is performed at a specialist lab or hospital.

  • Patient has to lie down on the examination table.
  • Two electrodes are pasted on each nerve of the hand, using a special tape or jelly.
  • One electrode sends mild electric shocks to stimulate the nerves and the other electrode measures the response.
  • The time between stimulation and response indicates the speed at which electric signals travel through the peripheral nerves.

NCV Upper Limbs test is completed in an hour.

Side-effects of NCV Upper Limbs

NCV Upper Limbs does not use any type of radiation and is an effective tool to evaluate the health of peripheral nerves.

  • Proper precautions must be taken before conducting NCV Upper Limbs test in patients with implants, as it involves electric shock.
  • High body temperature, severe pain and spinal cord injury can alter the results of the test.

Preparation before NCV Upper Limbs Test

NCV Upper Limbs test is conducted by a Neurologist.

  • Inform allergies, health complication and medical records to the doctor.
  • Inform the doctor, if you have metal implants.

Post-care after NCV Upper Limbs

NCV Upper Limbs is a simple procedure that requires least post-care routine.

  • Patients are allowed to go home after NCV Upper Limbs test.
  • some patients may be asked to rest after the test.

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