Jendrassik maneuver

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Jendrassik maneuver is a medical maneuver wherein the patient flexes both sets of fingers into a hook-like form and interlocks those sets of fingers together. The tendon below the patient's knee is then hit with a reflex hammer. The elicited response is compared with the reflex result of the same action when the maneuver is not in use. Often a larger reflex response will be observed when the patient is occupied with the maneuver, as the maneuver may prevent the patient from consciously inhibiting or influencing his or her response to the hammer. This effect was first observed in the late 19th century by Hungarian physician Erno Jendrassik, whom it was named after.

This maneuver is particularly useful in that even if the patient is aware that the interlocking of fingers is just a distraction in order to elicit a larger reflex response, it still functions properly.

The March 23, 2005, episode of the online comic, Dinosaur Comics revolved around the Jendrassik maneuver[2].

See also


  • Niechwiej-Szwedo E, González E, Bega S, Verrier M, Wong A, Steinbach M (2006). "Proprioceptive role for palisade endings in extraocular muscles: evidence from the Jendrassik Maneuver". Vision Res. 46 (14): 2268–79. PMID 16445961.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Tsuruike M, Koceja D, Yabe K, Shima N (2003). "Age comparison of H-reflex modulation with the Jendrássik maneuver and postural complexity". Clin Neurophysiol. 114 (5): 945–53. PMID 12738442.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Zehr E, Stein R (1999). "Interaction of the Jendrássik maneuver with segmental presynaptic inhibition". Exp Brain Res. 124 (4): 474–80. PMID 10090659.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Pásztor, E (2004). "Ernő Jendrassik (1858–1921)". Journal of Neurology. 251 (3): 366–367. PMID 15015025.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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