Somatosensory-evoked potentials (SSEP) can be used to monitor spinal cord function during operations on the spinal column and within the spinal canal. Studies in animals have shown that spinal cord injuries of sufficient severity to irreversibly obliterate these potentials consistently produce major neurologic deficits. This report describes the correlation, in a patient, between intraoperative loss of SSEP and permanent injury to the spinal cord.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine