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Cranial Nerves IX and CN X
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Testing Procedures - Palatal Reflex and Gag Reflex

Touching each side of the pharynx with the sterile tongue depressor tests the pharyngeal "gag" reflex. Stroking each side of the mucous membrane of the uvula tests the palatal reflex; the side that is touched will rise. Document normal or abnormal responses.

 

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Section: Cranial Nerves IX and X
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