SSEP Tests

SSEP stands for Somato-Sensory Evoked Potentials.

SSEP tests evaluate the nerve pathway from the peripheral nerve through the spine to the somatosensory region of the brain. (“Somato” means body; “sensory” means the reception and transmission of sense impressions.) SSEP tests are useful in evaluating spinal cord injuries or disease, neuromuscular disease, and demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis and others. SSEP test is a simple test, and it involves a series of small stimuli in the median and/or tibial nerves and a recording of the response as it reaches the brain.

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