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Superficial abdominal reflexes
  1. Tomislav Sambolic1,
  2. Dominik Ljubas1,
  3. Ivan Jovanovic2,
  4. Mario Habek1,3
  1. 1 Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  2. 2 Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  3. 3 Department of Neurology, Referral Center for Autonomic Nervous System Disorders, University Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  1. Correspondence to Prof. Mario Habek, Department of Neurology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia; mhabek{at}


The superficial abdominal reflexes are often omitted from neurological examination, but their absence or asymmetry may support a lesion involving the thoracic spinal cord, especially in young, nulliparous and thin people.

  • clinical neurology

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. An accompanying reviewer comment has been added.

  • Contributors Study concept and design: MH. Acquisition of data: TS, DL, IJ and MH. Analysis and interpretation of data: TS, DL, IJ and MH. Drafting of the manuscript: TS and DL. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: TS, DL, IJ and MH. Administrative, technical and material support: TS, DL, IJ and MH.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Richard Stark, Melbourne, Australia, and Pamela Shaw, Sheffield, UK.

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