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Reflex studies 

Reflex studies
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Reflex studies
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Josep Valls-Solé

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199688395.003.0010
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date: 15 August 2020

Reflex studies are an important part of clinical neurophysiology assessment in health and disease. They are essential to get information on conduction in proximal segments of peripheral nerves, spinal and supraspinal integration of sensory inputs on the motor pathway, and excitability of motor structures. They do not require special equipment, except for a sweep-triggering hammer that is essential, for instance, to elicit monosynaptic reflexes, such as the jaw jerk. For consensual reflexes, it is also recommended to use two recording channels, which facilitate recognition of potential disturbances in the afferent or efferent path of the reflex. What follows is a review of some of the most relevant reflexes that can be studied for neurophysiology assessment in clinical practice.

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