2005 Volume 67 Issue 7 Pages 719-722
We conducted somatosensory evoked potential (SEP) monitoring on 3 dogs with cervical spinal cord dysfunction caused by various diseases throughout operative procedures to examine whether the intraoperative SEP monitoring was effective for prediction of spinal cord conductive function. The SEP was recorded on the scalp via stimulation of the ulnar nerve. Stable SEP was recorded in all animals examined. Its amplitude was decreased by surgical manipulations of the regio vertebralis, but the amplitude gradually recovered once the manipulations were halted. The latency showed small variation throughout the operations. This evidence suggests that intraoperative SEP monitoring may provide continuous and instantaneous information regarding the functional integrity of the central nervous system.