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Subject: How soon after death do you lose your reflexes

Date: Thu Jun 14 02:23:33 2001
Posted by Andrew
Grade level: grad (science) School: No school entered.
City: redmond State/Province: No state entered. Country: No country entered.
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 992499813.Me

Had a strange but curious discussion/debate with someone today about how soon 
after death does a person lose their reflexes. How long after your dead will 
your knee still jerk, if it is tapped. A coke is riding on the answer, I said I 
believe for 15+ minutes, he said reflexes stop at brain death. One further 
question arises, if you are decapitated would you have any reflexes for any 
lenght of time.  Thanks

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