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  • The peripheral nervous system is the portion of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord. It includes the 12 pairs of cranial nerves, 31 pairs of spinal nerves and their branches, nerves responsible for sensation and maintenance of normal body functions (sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves).Years of research using clinical examinations, microscopic examinations, and electrophysiology have made the peripheral nervous system the best-studied and most available portion of the nervous system. However, even with all of the extensive studies conducted on the peripheral nervous system, many conditions remain unclassified.The EMG Laboratory at the NIH concentrates on studying disorders of the peripheral nervous system. This protocol was designed to allow the EMG Laboratory to;I) Learn more about established diseases of the peripheral nervous systemII) Identify and characterize new diseases of the peripheral nervous systemIII) Assess current techniques in the diagnosis of diseases of the peripheral nervous systemIV) Refine old methods and develop new ones for the diagnosis of diseases of the peripheral nervous system.

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Eligibility inclusion criteria
  • Healthy
  • Patients with disorders of the peripheral nervous system, including neuropathies, myopathies, or defective neuromuscular transmission.

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