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Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia Maxillo-Facciale 2003 August;14(2):77-80

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Experimental evaluation of the blink reflex on stimulation of the second and third branches of the trigeminal nerve in healthy subjects

Benech A., Madaro E., Tito C., Brucoli M., Cassarino E.

Maxillofacial Surgery Department “La Carità” General Hospital University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Ital


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In max­il­lo­fa­cial sur­gery, ­the pos­sible caus­es of tran­si­to­ry or per­ma­nent dam­age to ­the infe­ri­or alveo­lar ­nerve or to ­the infe­ri­or orbi­tal ­nerve ­are numer­ous (trau­ma, remov­al of ­benign or malig­nant ­lesions, extrac­tion of wis­dom ­teeth, orthog­nath­ic sur­gery). The ­study ana­lysed 123 ­healthy sub­jects in ­order to estab­lish a ­series of param­e­ters ­that ­may in ­future be ­used as nor­mal val­ues in inter­pret­ing elec­tro­myo­graph­ic ­data ­from ­patients ­who ­have under­gone dam­age to ­these ­nerves. These ref­er­ence ­data ­are impor­tant ­not ­least ­because in ­future ­they ­may be util­ised to ­resolve med­i­co-­legal con­tro­ver­sies, ­for exam­ple in cas­es of iat­ro­gen­ic ­lesions.

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