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Emg came back normal. Does that mean I have no neuropathy? Can an emg detect neuropathy? (left leg below knee).

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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A normal EMG makes a neuropathy unlikely.
If pain is the only issue, that also makes a neuropathy less likely.

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A normal EMG makes a neuropathy unlikely.
If pain is the only issue, that also makes a neuropathy less likely.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Sometimes

If you have large fiber (bigger nerves) neuropathy, then yes.
However, if you have small fiber disease, then it most likely will not show on emg. Also, if the neuropathy is new (within the last 30 days) or did not damage enough fibers, it can also be negative. If you have had foot surgery and they are looking for an entrapment syndrome in the foot, EMG is only about 50% sensitive.

In brief: Sometimes

If you have large fiber (bigger nerves) neuropathy, then yes.
However, if you have small fiber disease, then it most likely will not show on emg. Also, if the neuropathy is new (within the last 30 days) or did not damage enough fibers, it can also be negative. If you have had foot surgery and they are looking for an entrapment syndrome in the foot, EMG is only about 50% sensitive.
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