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The corneomandibular reflex
  1. Robert M. Gordon2,
  2. Morris B. Bender
  1. Department of Neurology, the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, U.S.A.


    Seven patients are presented in whom a prominent corneomandibular reflex was observed. These patients all had severe cerebral and/or brain-stem disease with altered states of consciousness. Two additional patients with less prominent and inconsistent corneomandibular reflexes were seen; one had bulbar amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and one had no evidence of brain disease. The corneomandibular reflex, when found to be prominent, reflects an exaggeration of the normal. Therefore one may consider the corneomandibular hyper-reflexia as possibly due to disease of the corticobulbar system.

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    • 2 Reprint address: Department of Neurology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, 100th Street and Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10029, U.S.A.

    • 1 This paper was presented in part before a meeting of the Houston Neurological Society on 10 September 1969. It was supported by Research Grants NB 05221 and NB 05072.

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