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Posted by ANTONIO B. on 12/29/03 at 17:55 (140872)

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CAN AN MRI SHOW THE TARSAL TUNNEL CANAL ACCURATELY IN DIAGNOSING TARSAL TUNNEL SYNDROME OR IS AN EMG/ OR NCV BETTER?

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Dr. David S. Wander on 12/30/03 at 18:35 (140974)

An MRI can show tortuous or varicose veins in the tarsal tunnel that may be contributing to pressure on the tibial nerve. The MRI can also show any masses that may be pressing on the nerve. The MRI itself can not make a diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome, but can show contributing causes. An EMG/NCV may show irregularities of nerve conduction indicative of tarsal tunnel syndrome, though EMG/NCV studies are often normal in many cases of tarsal tunnel syndrome. The diagnosis of TTS is usually made via examination, clinical signs and symptoms.