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Electrical impedance myography correlates with standard measures of Als severity


  • This study was funded by the ALS Association.


Introduction: Electrical impedance myography (EIM) can be used to assess amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progression. The relationship between EIM values and standard assessment measures, however, is unknown. Methods: EIM 50 kHz phase data from 60 subjects who participated in a longitudinal natural history study of ALS were correlated with handheld dynamometry (HHD), the ALS Functional Rating Scale-Revised (ALSFRS-R) score, and motor unit number estimation (MUNE). Results: Moderate strength correlations between EIM parameters and HHD were observed for both whole-body and individual upper and lower extremity values. Similarly, moderate strength correlations were observed between EIM and ALSFRS-R upper and lower extremity subscores, but not total ALSFRS-R scores. MUNE correlated significantly with single muscle EIM data but not with whole body or upper or lower extremity values. Conclusions: These results support the concept that EIM can serve as a meaningful measure of disease severity in ALS. Muscle Nerve 49:441–443, 2014

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