The relationship between clinical status and preoperative and intraoperative dermatomal somatosensory-evoked potentials was investigated as a function of test site. Results indicated that the specificity and sensitivity of dermatomal somatosensory-evoked potentials varied with level of involvement: L5 demonstrated greatest agreement with equal correlation at L3, L4, and S1. Variables that influenced correlation included history of pre-vious surgeries, type of anesthetic used, interpretation criteria, and whether the patient was awake or asleep. It was concluded that dermatomal somatosensory-evoked potentials can provide the surgeon with diagnostic and intraoperative information regarding the functional integrity of single nerve root function.
- Dermatomal somatosensory-evoked potentials
- Nerve root function