Sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic ultrasound in the diagnosis of phrenic neuropathy

Andrea Boon, Hiroshi Sekiguchi, Caitlin J. Harper, Jeffrey A. Strommen, Leili S. Ghahfarokhi, James Watson, Eric James Sorenson

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Objectives: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of B-mode ultrasound in the diagnosis of neuromuscular diaphragmatic dysfunction, including phrenic neuropathy. Methods: A prospective study of patients with dyspnea referred to theEMG laboratory over a 2-year time frame for evaluation of neuromuscular respiratory failure who were recruited consecutively and examined with ultrasound for possible diaphragmdysfunction. Sonographic outcomemeasures were absolute thickness of the diaphragmand degree of increased thickness withmaximal inspiration. The comparison standard for diagnosis of diaphragm dysfunction was the final clinical diagnosis of clinicians blinded to the diaphragm ultrasound results, but taking into account other diagnostic workup, including chest radiographs, fluoroscopy, phrenic nerve conduction studies, diaphragm EMG, and/or pulmonary function tests. Results: Of 82 patients recruited over a 2-year period, 66 were enrolled in the study. Sixteen patients were excluded because of inconclusive or insufficient reference testing. One hemidiaphragm could not be adequately visualized; therefore, hemidiaphragm assessment was conducted in a total of 131 hemidiaphragms in 66 patients. Of the 82 abnormal hemidiaphragms, 76 had abnormal sonographic findings (atrophy or decreased contractility). Of the 49 normal hemidiaphragms, none had a false-positive ultrasound. Diaphragmatic ultrasound was 93% sensitive and 100% specific for the diagnosis of neuromuscular diaphragmatic dysfunction. Conclusion: B-mode ultrasound imaging of the diaphragm is a highly sensitive and specific tool for diagnosis of neuromuscular diaphragm dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1264-1270
Number of pages7
JournalNeurology
Volume83
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

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Diaphragm
Ultrasonography
Sensitivity and Specificity
Phrenic Nerve
Fluoroscopy
Neural Conduction
Respiratory Function Tests
Respiratory Insufficiency
Dyspnea
Atrophy
Thorax
Prospective Studies

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  • Medicine(all)

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Sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic ultrasound in the diagnosis of phrenic neuropathy. / Boon, Andrea; Sekiguchi, Hiroshi; Harper, Caitlin J.; Strommen, Jeffrey A.; Ghahfarokhi, Leili S.; Watson, James; Sorenson, Eric James.

In: Neurology, Vol. 83, No. 14, 01.09.2014, p. 1264-1270.

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Boon, Andrea ; Sekiguchi, Hiroshi ; Harper, Caitlin J. ; Strommen, Jeffrey A. ; Ghahfarokhi, Leili S. ; Watson, James ; Sorenson, Eric James. / Sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic ultrasound in the diagnosis of phrenic neuropathy. In: Neurology. 2014 ; Vol. 83, No. 14. pp. 1264-1270.
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