Median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) were performed on 35 patients with acute stroke and correlated with functional outcome as measured by placement, length of stay and an activities of daily living index (Barthel Index). There was a statistically significant correlation of both SEP and sensory examination at the 0.05 level to eventual functional outcome. SEPs were better than age, sex and side of CVA in predicting functional outcome as measured by these scores. SEPs and sensory examination are interrelated but SEPs offer the advantages of objectivity, the ability to quantify results and the use in unconscious or dysphasic patients.
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