Studies of the effect of Jendrassik's manoeuvre on knee jerk in comparison with co contraction of knee muscles in spastic subjects

A. Arrigo, A. Moglia, G. Kauchtschischvili, G. Nappi

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Abstract

The aim of our research is to evaluate the effect of CIBA 34,647 Ba in the treatment of spasticity as well as to regulate a method that should be able to follow any modification induced by the drug during the treatment. Thus, we have examined a certain number of patients: some of them normal, some of them affected by spasticity, one by Huntington's chorea and one by Stiff Man syndrome. We have determined, first of all, the amplitude of the knee jerk in basal conditions and then its variation when the subject was clasping his hands (Jendrassik's manoeuvre). This method has been previously applied in our clinic for the study of Parkinson's disease and of extrapiramidal syndromes induced by treatment with Reserpine and Haloperidol. In addition we have examined our subjects using the method described by Carlsoo and coll. with the purpose of comparing the two methods as well as having another parameter of evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalElectromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology

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