Reflex blinking was elicited by the electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves and various parts of the body of seven of 11 patients with Miller Fisher syndrome. This reflex blinking disappeared during recovery. Reflex blinking was elicited in normal subjects only with specific stimulation of the peripheral nerves of their upper extremities. This response may be due to a release phenomenon transmitted via the brainstem reticular formation and may be useful in detecting latent CNS involvement in patients with Miller Fisher syndrome.
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