The tibial nerve P30 potential was studied in 6 patients with focal lesions located in the vicinity of the cervicomedullary junction. P30 potential was unaffected while cortical P39 was abnormal in the patients with a supramedullary lesion affecting the somatosensory pathway just above its decussation. Conversely, P30 was abnormal in the presence of a lesion situated caudally to the cervicomedullary junction affecting the lower limb sensory fibers just below their decussation. Median nerve P14 behaved similarly to the P30 potential in these cases. These clinical observations suggest that P30 potential, as P14 of median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials, is generated in the lower brain stem probably before the decussation of the sensory fibers; nucleus gracilis and medial lemniscus fibers in the lower brain stem are probably the anatomical structures generating P30 potential. This suggests that P30 potential may be used to study intraspinal and intracranial conduction times separately in the afferent somatosensory pathways.

Neural generators of tibial nerve P30 somatosensory evoked potential studied in patients with a focal lesion of the cervicomedullary junction

MANGANOTTI, PAOLO;
1996

Abstract

The tibial nerve P30 potential was studied in 6 patients with focal lesions located in the vicinity of the cervicomedullary junction. P30 potential was unaffected while cortical P39 was abnormal in the patients with a supramedullary lesion affecting the somatosensory pathway just above its decussation. Conversely, P30 was abnormal in the presence of a lesion situated caudally to the cervicomedullary junction affecting the lower limb sensory fibers just below their decussation. Median nerve P14 behaved similarly to the P30 potential in these cases. These clinical observations suggest that P30 potential, as P14 of median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials, is generated in the lower brain stem probably before the decussation of the sensory fibers; nucleus gracilis and medial lemniscus fibers in the lower brain stem are probably the anatomical structures generating P30 potential. This suggests that P30 potential may be used to study intraspinal and intracranial conduction times separately in the afferent somatosensory pathways.
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