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Neurology. 2000 Jan 25;54(2):520-1.

Loss of ability to sneeze in lateral medullary syndrome.

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Department of Neurology, New South Wales University, St. George Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Abstract

Four consecutive patients with lateral medullary syndrome reported reversible inability to complete a reflex sneeze, despite retaining the urge to do so and the ability to mimic the motor act. This previously undescribed feature of a relatively common syndrome is in keeping with the known location of a "sneeze center" in the lateral medulla of cat. In man, unilateral brainstem lesion is sufficient to abolish the sneeze reflex temporarily.

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