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Keywords:

  • motor unit potential morphology;
  • motor unit potential train features;
  • motor unit potential train stability;
  • muscle characterization;
  • needle electromyography

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Ten new features of motor unit potential (MUP) morphology and stability are proposed. These new features, along with 8 traditional features, are grouped into 5 aspects: size, shape, global complexity, local complexity, and stability. Methods: We used sequential forward and backward search strategies to select subsets of these 18 features to discriminate accurately between muscles whose MUPs are predominantly neurogenic, myopathic, or normal. Results and Conclusions: Results based on 8102 motor unit potential trains (MUPTs) extracted from 4 different limb muscles (n = 336 total muscles) demonstrate the usefulness of these newly introduced features and support an aspect-based grouping of MUPT features. Muscle Nerve 49: 680–690, 2014