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Neurology India
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Neurological Society of India
ISSN: 0028-3886
EISSN: 0028-3886
Vol. 52, No. 3, 2004, pp. 350-352
Bioline Code: ni04114
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Neurology India, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2004, pp. 350-352

 en The effect of elbow position on biceps tendon reflex
Keles Isik, Nilüfer Balci, Mehmet Beyazova


Background: Testing of tendon (T) reflex is the basic method used in the diagnostic procedure of clinical neurology. Measurement of T reflexes precisely can be a valuable adjunct to clinical examination. Quantification of T reflexes may provide more accurate results.
Aims: To analyze the effect of elbow position on biceps T reflex.
Settings and Design: A self-controlled clinical trial of biceps T reflex testing at the Electrophysiology Unit of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Methods and Materials: Biceps T reflex was obtained utilizing a hand-held electronic reflex hammer in 50 extremities of 25 healthy volunteers and the effect of elbow position (at 90°, 120° and 150°) on reflex response was evaluated.
Statistical Analysis: Repeated-measures analysis of variance by the General Linear Model and Pearson correlation test procedures.
Results: Onset latency was significantly shorter at 120° of elbow position. The maximum amplitude value of biceps T reflex was obtained at 90° of elbow position. Onset latency of the reflex correlated significantly with the height and arm length but not with age.
Conclusions: The electrophysiological measurement of T reflexes is an easy and useful method in the quantification of reflexes, supplying more objective data. However, when performing T reflex studies, the position of the extremity should be taken into consideration to achieve more reliable results.

T reflex; electrophysiology; position effect; electrodiagnosis

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