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What is the definition or description of: deep tendon reflex?

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Dr. Tracie Leonhardt
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Deep tendon reflex: Dtr or deep tendon reflex is a test done on physical exam to evaluate specific nerve function. Certain nerves like cervical and lumber spinal nerves control certain reflexes and when absent can indicate a problem with that nerve. Like the patellar or knee reflex can indicate a spinal nerve problem or herniated disc.
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