Ultrasound visualization of nerve remodeling after strenuous exercise

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Abstract

Introduction:

The aim of this case study is to describe the use of nerve ultrasound to visualize the morphological changes that occur during conduction velocity alterations after strenuous exercise. Methods: A 32-year-old, healthy runner underwent clinical, electrophysiological, and ultrasound evaluation 24 hours before, 30 minutes after, and 24 hours after a marathon. Results: An increase in motor conduction velocity of the median, ulnar, radial, and tibial nerves and sensory conduction velocity of the median and ulnar nerves was found between pre- and post-marathon studies. An increase in the cross-sectional area of the median (carpal tunnel), ulnar (Guyon canal and elbow), fibular (fibular head), and tibial (ankle) nerves was documented. No changes in the MRC sum scale score of the various peripheral nerves were detected. Conclusion: The case described shows the morphological changes that occur in healthy peripheral nerves during conduction velocity alterations. Muscle Nerve 53: 320–324, 2016

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