Clinical Neuroscience

[Stimulated single fiber electromyography]

KÓMÁR József1, KISS Gábor1

MARCH 20, 1993

Clinical Neuroscience - 1993;46(03-04)

[The authors review the nethod of stimulated single fiber electromyography, the normal values of stimulated jitter, and the advantages and disadvantages of the method and the pitfalls.]


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