Long latency muscle responses in cerebellar diseases

  • Detlef Claus
  • Harald O. Schöcklmann
  • Hans J. Dietrich


Long latency reflexes were measured from the hand muscles of 27 patients suffering from different cerebellar diseases (12 diffuse cerebellar atrophies, 7 cerebellar hemispheric infarcts, 8 Friedreich's disease) and from 45 controls after electrical stimulus of the median nerve at the wrist. The M3 response (latency about 70 ms) was increased in about 50% of cerebellar atrophy cases and occasionally (10 of 12 cases) separated from the M2 response (50 ms). M3 was sometimes (3/7) increased and the M2-3 complex was prolonged ipsilaterally in cases of cerebellar infarcts. In the cases of Friedreich's ataxia M2 was always lost uni or bilaterally because of the disturbance of afferent or efferent fibres. The latencies of the spinal reflex M1 and also of M2 were not always increased strongly enough to be clearly separated from the normal values.

Key words

Long loop reflex Cerebellar atrophy Friedreich's ataxia Cerebellar infarcts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Detlef Claus
    • 1
  • Harald O. Schöcklmann
    • 1
  • Hans J. Dietrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurologische Klinik der Universität Erlangen - NürnbergErlangenGermany

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