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An electromyogram (EMG) is a test that measures the electrical discharges made by the muscles. It can determine whether muscle weakness or paralysis is due to a nerve problem or to a problem with the muscle itself.
During an electromyogram, a thin needle is placed in a muscle to measure its electrical activity at rest and during use. The needle is attached to a machine with a viewing screen (like a TV) that displays electrical activity in the muscles as waves on the screen.
Current as of: November 20, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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