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Riddoch's syndrome II

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A complex reflex phenomenon elicited by noxic stimuli below the area of a complete transection of the medulla spinalis. Characterised by flexion spasm of the legs and involuntary voiding of the urine and defecation as well as a tendency to sweat below the innervation area distal to the seat of the lesion.


  • G. Riddoch:
    The reflex functions of the completely divided spinal cord in men, compared with less severe lesions.
    Brain, London, 1917, 40: 264.

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