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BrainWaves #158 Teaching through clinical cases: A primer on proximal weakness

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: March 5, 2020

Generalized weakness is a common complaint. Much of the time, we as neurologists don’t even see these patients in the hospital or the clinic. But more often than not, “generalized” weakness may be the only way a patient describes difficulty brushing their hair or climbing stairs. In these situations, it’s not exactly generalized weakness. It’s something else. This week on BrainWaves, we review the major patterns of weakness that characterize the most common muscle disorders. With a quick review of EMG findings. Enjoy!

Produced by James E Siegler. Music courtesy of Jahzzar, Kevin McLeod, Patches, and Montplaisir. Unless otherwise mentioned in the podcast, no competing financial interests exist in the content of this episode. Sound effects by Mike Koenig and Daniel Simion. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @brainwavesaudio for the latest updates to the podcast.


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For great video examples of EMG findings in nerve and muscle disease, check out KImura & Kohara's YouTube recordings:

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