Oculocardiac Reflex



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What is Oculocardiac reflex?

The Oculocardiac reflex, also known as Aschner phenomenon, Aschner reflex, or Aschner–Dagnini reflex, is a decrease in pulse rate associated with traction applied to extraocular muscles and/or compression of the eyeball. The reflex is mediated by nerve connections between the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal cranial nerve via the ciliary ganglion, and the vagus nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system. Nerve fibres from the maxillary and mandibular divisions of the trigeminal nerve have also been documented. These afferents synapse with the of the vagus nerve, located in the reticular formation of the brain stem. The efferent portion is carried by the vagus nerve from the cardiovascular center of the medulla to the heart, of which increased stimulation leads to decreased output of the sinoatrial node. This reflex is especially sensitive in neonates and children, particularly during strabismus correction surgery. However, this reflex may also occur with adults. Bradycardia, junctional rhythm and asystole, all of which may be life-threatening, can be induced through this reflex. This reflex has been seen to occur during many pan facial trauma surgeries due to stimulation of any of the three branches of trigeminal nerve.[5]

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Oculo-cardiac reflexReflex, oculocardiac


Oculocardiale reflex (nl)Odruch Aschnera (pl)Okulokardialer Reflex (de)Reflejo óculo-cardíaco (es)Riflesso oculo-cardiaco (it)Глазосердечный рефлекс (ru)Рефлекторна регуляція серця (uk)منعكس عيني قلبي (ar)眼心臓反射 (ja)

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