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Post by ngfok » Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:47 pm

hi, i was wondering why we have to go to doctors to test different reflexes. i mean what's the purpose?

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Post by mith » Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:24 am

to see whether you have neurological diseases?
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Re: reflex

Post by kiekyon » Sun Apr 23, 2006 9:20 am

It's nice that physicians can test the nervous system through reflexes because the tests help to isolate a particular nervous pathway for a specific problem. That's why the test are performed! For instance, testing the pupillary response (eyes become contracted when light hit them) isolates the problem to a specific part of the midbrain in the Westphal-Edinger nucleus as well as testing pathways that cross over as well as testing the oculomotor cranial nerve. If the pupillary response is
not working, then the tester can know that there is a problem in those specific areas.

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