Somatosensory vertex potentials (SVPs) were examined in 12 healthy subjects in response to painful electrical stimulation of the finger. SVPs consisted of N1, P1, and N2. The average latencies of the 3 peaks were 150, 225, and 350 msec, respectively. The latency and amplitude of each potential were reproducible for each subject. Recovery functions of the SVPs were analyzed in 10 subjects. A pair of stimuli were delivered to the right or left finger with interstimulus intervals (ISIs) of 50, 100, 150, 200, 350, 500 and 650 msec. SVPs partially recovered with the shortest ISI (50 msec). Full recovery could not be obtained even with the longest ISI (650 msec). Differences in recoveries within 650 msec of ISI were not observed between right and left stimulations. To examine the interaction between SVPs evoked by right and left finger stimulation, recovery functions from prior contralateral finger stimulation were analyzed with the same ISIs. SVP recoveries for right after left or left after right patterns of stimulus delivery were nearly the same as those for ipsilateral ones. It is suggested that SVPs are generated at nearly the same site in the sensory pathway regardless of the side stimulated.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology/ Evoked Potentials|
|Publication status||Published - 01-01-1991|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology