Rise time or rise rate: Which should be a criterion for analysing motor unit action potentials?

Y. Masakado, K. Akaboshi, A. Kimura, N. Chino

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Abstract

We measured the rise time (RT) and rise rate (RR) of motor unit action potentials (MUAPs) when sharp sounds are heard in concentric EMG in the first dorsal interosseus muscle (FDI) and biceps brachii muscle (BIC) of normal subjects. MUAPs from FDI muscle with an RT of less than 500μs were 85%, and those of more than 500μs were 15%. In contrast, MUAPs from BIC muscle with an RT of less than 500μs were 65%, and those of more than 500μs were 35%. Distributions of the RR for FDI and BIC were also determined. MUAPs from FDI muscle with an RR more than 0.3 mV/ms were 98.3%, and those of less than 0.3 mV/ms were 1.7%. In contrast, MUAPs from BIC muscle with an RR of more than 0.3 mV/ms were 93%, and those of less than 0.3 mV/ms were 7%. We conclude it is better to use RR than RT when accepting MUAPs in clinical EMG, because even when sharp sounds are heard, MUAPs do not always have an RT of less than 500μs. The use of RT and the sharpness of MUAPs therefore need to be reconsidered, or RR should be used in clinical EMG by automatic program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-383
Number of pages3
JournalElectromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Volume40
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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