Talk:Nerve conduction study

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I got five minutes into an NCV test and told the examiner to stop. She said, "We're not here to cause you more pain than you already have." I replied, "Too late."

I don't care what web sites tell you about it's not painful; because it's f**king painful. Half a milliamp might not sound like much, but give it about 10kV and it'll get your attention RIGHT NOW. At first, it was probably more startling than painful. But as the electrode went from my wrist to the inside of my elbow, it became pure pain. Don't let anyone tell you this test "may cause mild discomfort" -- that is medical doublespeak.

--Globe199 20:24, 13 October 2005 (UTC)

I've been told that it depends on the skill of the examiner. Perhaps you would have had a better experience in someone else's hands. One family member said he's had it done two or three times; the middle-aged physician who did the first or second time was apparently horrible. The just-out-of-med-school newbie didn't bother him nearly as much. WhatamIdoing (talk) 06:03, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
Spend an afternoon in a NCV lab and you will see there is a large variation in how painful the test is to different people. The skill of the examiner doesn't play that much a role except in how many times they have to shock you to get an adequate reading. --Gccwang (talk) 23:24, 7 September 2014 (UTC)



Indeed the above person may well suffered this experience but its absolutely wrong and unfair to generalized this statement. Noy everyone who has the electric impulse given feels and reacts as mentioned above. The above information is correct on individual basis and experience but can be misleading if all readers come to believe of what has been explained. About 95% of people easily finish the test with only mild discomfort while the remaining 4.9% have discomfort and may or may not finish the test. Less than 1 percent of patient in our experience feel what has been mentioned above. I have done thousands of these test and this test called NCV is one of the most common and most essential test in Neurology practice. The test helps to provide essential information on the integerty of the nerves to guide in the diagnosis process. Please refer to American Academy of Neurology for more reliable information. Dr. Of Neurology. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:20, 19 February 2008 (UTC)


I saw a Neurologist once and the office has left multiple voice mail messages on my home phone and finally sent me a letter asking that I make an appointment to have the NCV. I haven't even gotten the results from the MRIs, EEGs, Xrays and intitial evaluation yet. They won't be getting any more of my money for more tests. The more tests they order, the more money they make. It's a racket!

Shaken2 Port Saint Lucie Florida —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:05, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

small pain fiber study?[edit]

Anything to back up the small pain fiber study as being routinely accepted? Googling on this doesn't get you much. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:14, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

Propose Merge[edit]

There is a separate wikipedia article entitled electroneuronography, which is the same procedure as nerve conduction study, just under a different name. As is evident by the content of the ENoG page, this is the term most commonly used for the nerve conduction study of the facial nerve, and in my experience is more commonly used by ENT specialists than by neurologists or PM&R specialists. I would propose that ENoG content be merged into this article, as I believe nerve conduction study to be the more common term used. Please provide input. Thanks. El piel (talk) 22:30, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

Oppose merge As you mentioned, ENoG is used more commonly by ENT specialists, and is a distinct test used only on the facial nerve. It should have its own article that discusses the procedure, measurements, and interpretation; they are not the same as for a NCV. We can have a brief section on ENoG on the NCV article, but with a redirect to electroneuronography as the main article. --Gccwang (talk) 19:43, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Propose a different merge[edit]

The article electromyoneurography appears to describe nerve conduction studies, and it looks to be a synonym. Nerve conduction study is the more widely used term today to describe this procedure for nerve testing. Most neurologists say "EMG" or "EMG and NCV" when talking about doing both tests together.

Please note this is a different article than electroneuronography whose merge proposal is listed in the section above. --Gccwang (talk) 21:53, 14 September 2014 (UTC)