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A 33-year-old member asked:

help! need to know if there's a test to determine nerve damage?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Nerve damage: There two tests available to access for nerve damage, an MRI of the nerve and an EMG (electromyography).
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
Nerve damage: Can be detected via electrical studies such as electromyogram and nerve conduction studies. Under certain conditions, nerve biopsy can aid in the etiology.

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What two organs are connected to the brain through the optic nerve?

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