We examined soleus H-reflex recruitment in 30 controls and 33 patients with spinal cord lesions and spastic spinal paresis. H-reflex gain and threshold were determined from recruitment curves after normalisation of stimulus intensity as a multiple of the current for a threshold M-response. Reflex gain was expressed as the mean slope of the H-reflex recruitment curve up to the half-maximal response size. Up to this point the curve follows an almost linear trajectory and will mainly reflect Ia afferent stimulation. This slope had a large variability but was clearly correlated with the H/M ratio. The mean gain was equal in controls and patients. The relation between H- and M-thresholds was expressed as a ratio which had a lower mean value in the patients. Though both H- and M-thresholds may be influenced by peripheral factors, this lower ratio suggests an increase in spinal motoneuron excitability in patients.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology/ Evoked Potentials|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1994|
- Reflex gain
- Reflex threshold
- Soleus H-reflex recruitments