H reflex threshold in Parkinson's disease patients for different stimulus duration

Mark Kushnir, Colin Klein, Lea Pollak, Jose Martin Rabey

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Electrical stimulus, with duration starting at 0.1 ms and gradually increased to 1.0 ms, was used for eliciting the H reflex in 14 normal subjects and 19 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). In 71.1% of normal subjects and in 13.2% of PD patients the H reflex to M response threshold ratio (H/M TR) was <1 and the H reflex was obtained before the M response for all duration stimuli. For all stimulus durations a significant difference between the H/M TR in normal subjects and PD patients was found (t test 0.002-0.007). The duration effect was found to be highly significant - H/M TR for short stimulus duration was greater than for long stimulus durations (p<0.001). The optimal stimulus duration for evaluating H reflex behavior in PD patient was 0.2 ms. These very significant differences in behavior of the H reflex in PD patients could be used as another parameter in the assessment of extrapyramidal rigidity in PD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • H reflex
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Reciprocal inhibition


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