Journal article

Spinal reflex properties in the long term after stroke

Jan S Groenewegen, Jurriaan H de Groot, Alfred C Schouten, Andrea B Maier, J Hans Arendzen, Carel GM Meskers

JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

In the long term after stroke, secondary functional deterioration may be observed while patients also get older. Possible underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. We aimed to assess neuromuscular degeneration represented by alterations in peripheral reflex loop characteristics as a function of follow-up time after stroke, controlled for age. Twenty-one stroke survivors within a small age range (62-67 years) but large variance in follow-up time after stroke (1-15 years) and both five age matched (59-62 years) and young subjects (28-36 years) participated. Short and long latency reflexes evoked by ramp and hold stretches were identified from EMG traces of the m. flexor carpi radialis. Short ..

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