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The latency of consecutive H-reflex responses of single human triceps surae motoneurones varies up to 2,500 μs. A large part of this variation was shown to occur at the synaptic transmission. A moderate increase in stimulus strength from the threshold value shortened the mean latency and reduced the latency variation, presumably as a result of spatial(More)
Direct electrical stimulation with paired pulses at varied intervals was used to study the propagation velocity and action potential amplitude recovery functions (VRF and ARF) of single muscle fibers. Following a subnormal period with slowed conduction, most of the muscle fibers tested in healthy subjects showed a period of supernormal propagation velocity(More)
SFEMG recordings were carried out in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, progressive muscular atrophy, familial spinal muscular atrophy and syringomyelia. The fibre density was increased in all conditions, especially in progressive muscular atrophy indicating marked collateral sprouting. The duration of the action potential was increased indicating(More)
Fifteen patients with the classical syndrome of ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, and tendon areflexia (SOAA) were studied in an attempt to clarify the mechanisms of ataxia and myotatic hyporeflexia. All showed features of cerebellar rather than sensory ataxia. Peripheral nerve conduction studies, including F-waves, were normal in a majority of the patients, as was(More)
The vibration reflex was studied in 49 patients with traumatic spinal cord lesions. It was elicited in all patients, even after presumably complete division of the cord. The vibration relfex consisted of a short-latency, brief outburst of phasic activity of motor units, followed by rapidly decreasing phasic component and a later slowly declining tonic(More)
Segmental spinal reflexes (stretch reflexes) were studied in patients with scoliosis. The proprioceptive responses to the phasic stretch of the paraspinal muscles were asymmetric in all patients, and were increased on the convex side. The asymmetry was more pronounced when the patients were standing. The observed asymmetry of the reflex responses was taken(More)
Single fiber EMG recordings from patients with myasthenia gravis obtained during axonal microstimulation revealed an occasional bimodal distribution of response latencies. This phenomenon could be dependent on stimulus strength, however, in a way different from that in the axon reflex. It is suggested to be due to dual neuromuscular junctions (NMJs)(More)
Forty one patients with the clinical diagnosis of Behçet's syndrome from two teaching hospitals in Kuwait were studied. There were 34 male and seven female patients. Age at presentation ranged from 14 to 48 years. Neurological manifestations were present in 24 patients. Eleven patients showed evidence of increased intracranial pressure, and 10 of these had(More)