Inhibition of a somatic nociceptive reflex by gastric distention in humans.

  title={Inhibition of a somatic nociceptive reflex by gastric distention in humans.},
  author={Didier Bouhassira and Renaud Chollet and Beno{\^i}t Coffin and Marc L{\'e}mann and Daniel Le Bars and Jean Claude Willer and Raymond Jian},
  volume={107 4},
BACKGROUND/AIMS The spinal nociceptive RIII reflex, an exteroceptive cutaneous-muscular flexion reflex, is powerfully and specifically inhibited by painful heterotopic somatic stimuli. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of nonpainful and painful visceral stimuli on this reflex. METHODS In nine healthy volunteers, the effects of five levels of gastric distention were tested on the RIII reflex, recorded from the biceps femoris, and elicited by electrical stimulation of the… CONTINUE READING
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