March 1970

The Achilles Reflex Time in Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Sharon Cardiovascular Unit of the Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(3):249-251. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050251012

The Achilles tendon reflex time measured with the photomotograph in 161 children with congenital heart disease was found to be within normal range. Arterial desaturation of long duration prolongs the half relaxation time but does not seem to affect the ankle reflex contraction time. In patients who have had an arteriotomy during cardiac catheterization, the ankle reflex time is shown to be normal.