Corneomandibular Reflex

Corneomandibular Reflex

The corneomandibular reflex, also known as the corneopterygoid reflex or Wartenberg’s reflex or sign, consists of anterolateral jaw movement following corneal stimulation. In one study, the corneomandibular reflex was observed in about three-quarters of patients with motor neurone disease (MND) who displayed no other pathological reflexes, a frequency much higher than that seen in patients with stroke causing hemiparesis or pseudobulbar palsy. It was therefore suggested to be a sensitive indicator of upper motor neurone involvement in MND.


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Cross References

Corneal reflex; Pseudobulbar palsy