Neuropathic Pain and Spine Diagnostic Modalities: Demystifying Appropriate Utilization and Limitations (208)

1:30 PM–2:30 PM Friday, February 28

This session will focus on understanding the role, timing, and limitations of electrodiagnostics, tests for small fiber dysfunction, and tests for immune mediated neuropathic pain; when nonroutine spine imaging may be preferable or complementary to routine spine MRI; and an approach to uncertain spine MRI findings.

Neuropathic Pain and Myalgia Diagnostic Modalities

James Watson

Spine Imaging in Pain Medicine: A Practical Approach to Uncertain Spine MRI Findings and When to Consider Non-Routine Imaging Modalities

Felix Diehn

Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret the role and limitations of electrodiagnostic testing in the evaluation of neuropathic pain conditions.
  • Review the unique, but now widely available, studies available to evaluate small fiber nerve dysfunction (sudomotor testing and epidermal nerve fiber density testing through skin biopsy) and immune-mediated neuropathic pain syndromes (voltage gated potassium channel, LGI1 and CASPR2 antibodies).
  • Identify when nonroutine imaging may be preferable or complementary to a routine spine MRI.
Moderator:

James Watson

Co-Presenters:

Felix Diehn