Motor unit number estimates correlate with strength in polio survivors

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Motor unit number estimation (MUNE) has been proposed as an outcome measure in clinical trials for the motor neuron diseases. One major criticism of MUNE is that it may not represent a clinically meaningful endpoint. We prospectively studied a cohort of polio survivors over a period of 15 years with respect to MUNE and strength. We identified a significant association between thenar MUNE and arm strength, extensor digitorum brevis MUNE and leg strength, and the summated MUNE and global strength of the polio survivors. These findings confirm the clinical relevance of MUNE as an outcome measure in the motor neuron diseases and provide further validation for its use in clinical trial research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-613
Number of pages6
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2006


  • Electrophysiology
  • MUNE
  • Motor neuron diseases
  • Poliomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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