Nerve conduction velocity and H-reflex recovery in bipolar illness

Rif S. El-Mallakh, Bhanu Pant, Stephen W. Looney

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Bipolar illness may be characterized by dysregulation and dysfunction of biologically active ions and ion pumps, respectively. In an effort to examine whether purported physiologic abnormalities may have functional counterparts, nerve conduction velocities (NCVs) and H-reflex recovery were examined in 7 acutely manic, 11 euthymic bipolar, 13 remitted schizophrenic, and 6 normal control individuals. All electrophysiologic tests were clinically normal. However, euthymic bipolar patients had significantly slower NCVs than either manic or normal individuals. Percent decrement of H-reflex recovery was nonsignificnntly increased in manic versus euthymic bipolar subjects. Data analysis suggests lithium was not responsible for these changes. These data indicate that different mood states in bipolar illness are associated with alterations in electraneurophysiologic function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-416
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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