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Glabellar Reflex

 
 
 
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Overview

  • How to Elicit

  • Percuss repeatedly between the eyebrows, looking for reactive blinking.
  • Interpretation

  • Decreased - no blinking in response to stimulusOphthalmic nerve (V1) / facial nerve (VII) palsy, pons / medullary lesion
  • Normal - up to five blinks and then no further blinking following habitualization
The glabellar reflex is a primitive reflex - normally present in infants and absent in adults. In the case of frontal lobe damage, ‘frontal release' signs such as glabellar, grasp, suck, snout and palmomental reflexes will be present.
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