Electrodiagnosis in the management of focal neuropathies: The 'WOG' syndrome

W. F. Brown, A. Lee Dellon, W. W. Campbell

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The role of electrodiagnosis in managing patients with focal neuropathies is discussed from the differing perspectives of a peripheral nerve surgeon and a practitioner of electrodiagnostic medicine. Both clinical evaluation and electrodiagnosis are useful methodologies, each having limitations. Dr. Dellon labels the overreliance on electrodiagnosis and the 'WOG' (Word of God) syndrome, and describes its signs, symptoms, and treatment. Dr. Brown contends Dr. Dellon's crusade is misdirected. The exchange is an eloquent polemic on the virtues and foibles of these different approaches to evaluating peripheral nerve function and the imperative to practice them in a complementary rather than a contentious manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1336-1342
Number of pages7
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • compression
  • electrodiagnosis
  • electromyography
  • entrapment
  • neuropathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)


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