Single fiber electromyography of extraocular muscles: A sensitive method for the diagnosis of ocular myasthenia gravis

A. Rivero, L. Crovetto, L. Lopez, Ricardo A Maselli, M. Nogues

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We performed single fiber electromyography (SFEMG) in the superior rectus and levator palpebralis (SR-LP) muscles of 17 patients with pure ocular myasthenia gravis (MG) and 9 controls. Thirteen patients were also assessed with SFEMG in the orbicularis oculi (OO) muscle. All the MG patients but none of the control subjects showed abnormal SFEMG jitter in the SR-LP muscles. On the other hand, only 62% of the MG patients had abnormal SFEMG jitter in the OO muscle. The procedure was well tolerated by the patients, and complications were minor. We conclude that SFEMG of the SR-LP muscles is a safe and highly sensitive technique for the diagnosis of ocular MG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-947
Number of pages5
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1995



  • ocular MG
  • ophthalmoparesis
  • single fiber electromyography
  • SR-LP muscles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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