Multiple firing of motoneurones is produced by cortical stimulation but not by direct activation of descending motor tracts

A. Berardelli, M. Inghilleri, J. C. Rothwell, G. Cruccu, M. Manfredi

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Abstract

In the present report we have tested whether stimulation of the motor descending tracts at the brain-stem level could set up repetitive motor unit discharges in a similar manner to that described for motor cortical stimulation. We have seen that a large descending motor volley, evoked by brain-stem stimulation, cannot produced repetitive firing of motor units. Repetitive motoneurone firing is therefore produced by multiple excitatory volleys set up by single cortical shocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-242
Number of pages3
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology - Evoked Potentials
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991

Keywords

  • Brain-stem
  • Cortical stimulation
  • Motoneurone
  • Motor descending tracts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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