H reflex


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H re·flex

a monosynaptic reflex consistently obtained in normal adults only by electrically stimulating the tibial nerve, generally in the popliteal fossa, while recording from the gastrocnemius-soleus muscle group; similar to the clinically elicited Achilles reflex, except that the neuromuscular spindles are bypassed. Widely used in the EMG laboratory to diagnose S1 radiculopathies and polyneuropathies.

H reflex

[after Johann Hoffmann, who described it in 1918] See: reflex

H reflex

In electrodiagnostic studies of spinal reflexes, the time required for a stimulus applied to a sensory nerve to travel to the spinal cord and return down the motor nerve.
See: F response
See also: reflex