N70 and P100 can be independently affected in multiple sclerosis

M. Felice Ghilardi, Ferdinando Sartucci, Julie R. Brannan, Marco C. Onofrj, Ivan Bodis-Wollner, Leland Mylin, R. Stroch

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We have studied the relationship between N70 and P100 of the pattern visual evoked potential in 98 patients with multiple sclerosis and in 59 controls. In patients with multiple sclerosis, P100 was either absent or had prolonged latency in 121 eyes (61.7%), while N70 was absent or prolonged in 97 eyes (49.5%). The total number of eyes with either N70 and/or P100 abnormalities was 137 (69.9%). Eighty eyes (40.8%) had abnormal latency of both P100 and N70, while 41 eyes showed P100 delays without corresponding N70 changes. Seventeen eyes had abnormal N70, but normal P100 latency. N70 and P100 appear to be more often absent in the definite rather than in the possible multiple sclerosis group. These data show that N70 and P100 can be independently affected in patients with MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology/ Evoked Potentials
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991


  • Multiple sclerosis
  • N70
  • P100
  • Parallel pathways
  • Visual evoked potential


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