A nerve conduction velocity test (NCV) is an electrical test that is used to determine the adequacy of the conduction of the nerve impulse as it courses down a nerve. This test is used to detect signs of nerve injury. Symptoms which necessitate the test include numbness, tingling, and/or burning sensations. The nerve conduction velocity test can be used to detect true nerve disorders (such as peripheral neuropathy and mononeuritis multiplex) or conditions whereby nerves are affected by mechanical compression injury (such as carpal tunnel syndrome and compression neuropathy). Performed at specialized centres, it requires the expert interpretation of a clinically sound Neurologist.
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