Heteronymous H reflex in temporal muscle as sign of hyperexcitability in ALS patients.

Affiliation

Department of Human Neurosciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

The stimulation of the masseteric nerve elicits a homonymous and a heteronymous H reflex in the masseter muscle and in the temporalis one. The presence of the H reflex may be considered a sign of upper motor neuron (UMN) involvement in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of the heteronymous H reflex in patients with ALS and compare it with normal subjects.

Keywords

ALS,Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,H reflex,Hyperexcitability,Masseteric reflex,

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