Objective Electrodiagnostic study (EDX) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are commonly used in the diagnosis of brachial plexopathy, but the agreement between these 2 studies is unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the agreement of EDX and MRI in patients with brachial plexopathy. Design The records of 69 patients with symptoms of brachial plexopathy who underwent EDX and MRI were reviewed. Based on the degree of agreement of EDX and MRI results, patients were classified as a "complete match," "partial match," or "mismatch." Results Both studies yielded similar results for the majority of patients (63.2%). Among the enrolled patients, 26.4% were classified as a "complete match," 36.8% as "partial match," and 36.8% as "mismatch." However, only 1 test, either EDX or MRI, revealed abnormal findings in 21.1% of patients. Conclusions The agreement between EDX and MRI was high in patients with brachial plexopathy. However, only one of these tests, not both, revealed abnormal findings in several cases. Although both EDX and MRI were in accord with the diagnosis of brachial plexopathy in majority of cases, these 2 studies remain complementary diagnostic modalities for evaluating brachial plexopathies.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - 2019 Jul 1|
- Brachial Plexus Neuropathies
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation