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.
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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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