Spinal Reflexes in Brain Death Cases

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Results of evaluations:


*In 10 incidents, 1‐2 seconds of Plantar Flexion (33.3%)


*In 1 incident, 2‐3 seconds of Myoklonus (3,3%)


*In 4 incidents, 1‐2 seconds of undulating toe Reflex (13,3%)


*In 1 incident, 4 seconds Lazarus (3.3%)


In incidents with the diagnosis of brain death, it’s crucial that whole crew is well informed about spinal reflexes to increase the the transplantation success. Spinal reflexes seen on brain death may cause negative effects on acquaintances of the family and medical personnel for diagnosing of brain death. The spinal reflexes seen on brain death must be well understood and comprehended by educated neurology specialists, anaesthesia and intensive care unit specialists, transplantation coordinators and medical personnel. The spinal reflexes on brain death shouldn’t pose an obstacle for transplantation. The study shows us that the ratio of the spinal reflexes seen on brain death is much.


1. Hosseini, Mahsa Sadat, et al. Factors affecting the occurrence of spinal reflexes in brain dead cases. Exp Clin Transplant, 2015, 13.4: 309–312.

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