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When is ankle clonus normal?

When is ankle clonus normal?

It is not: Ankle clonus is a reflex seen in states such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, hepatic encephalopathy and serotonin syndrome. If it is present, a neurologic referral is in order. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Clonus (Definition)

Clonus is a series of rhythmic muscular contractions and relaxations. Clonus is most often seen in cases of stroke or spinal cord damage, ...Read more


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What are some sign that i may have ankle clonus?

What are some sign that i may have ankle clonus?

Spasms & relaxation: Ankle clonus is a series of abnormal reflex movements of the foot, induced by bending the foot upward at the ankle, causing alternate contraction and relaxation of the calf muscle. This can be present in stroke patients, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis. If this is indeed present, talk to your doctor about getting a neurology referral. ...Read more

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Who can I ask to explain the ankle clonus test results to me?

Who can I ask to explain the ankle clonus test results to me?

Movement disorder: Ankle clonus is a movement disorder characterised by involuntary waves of muscle contractions in the ankle that occur in responce to streching the muscle in and around the ankle. It is usually sign of neurological disorder as body normally prevents such contractions from occuring. ...Read more

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Developed nonsustained ankle clonus unilateral. 2 years ago had a neuro exam and this was not present. Is developing it a bad sign?

Clonus meaning ?: Sometimes it means something. Non sustained clonus sometimes does not hold up from exam to exam- some people are not good at detecting this. Clonus of any kind should indicate something happening in the spinal cord or the brain. If you have it on one side, it should be the brain. Sometimes the cause is not found however. If it was found in a new exam, a work up will be planned. ...Read more

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Left non-sustained ankle clonus is nothing to be concerned about correct?

Left non-sustained ankle clonus is nothing to be concerned about correct?

Maybe,maybe not: If i find this in any patient over 2 years of age I am concerned. A more thorough evaluation would be needed for such a patient to rule out other issues. ...Read more

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Unilateral hoffman's sign and on the same side have non sustained ankle clonus. What's the cause of this?

Unilateral hoffman's sign and on the same side have non sustained ankle clonus. What's the cause of this?

Poss c-spine prob: Hoffman's sign is used by clinicians when there is a suspicion of cervical spine pathology possibly pressing on the spinal cord. The sign is more accurate when present bilaterally but can be seen when unilateral. It has also been reported in hyperthyroidism and anxiety states. I hope this helps. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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So my son walking (13 months) is still a toddler? I may have from time to time ankle clonus (bits 1-2)? Yes or not?

So my son walking (13 months) is still a toddler? I may have from time to time ankle clonus (bits 1-2)? Yes or not?

A 13 month old..: ...Is a toddler. He is therefore expected to walk like a toddler. Because you have clonus does not mean he will have clonus. I'm not certain what you are asking when you type "yes or not.". ...Read more

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Dr james. So my son (13 month) walking is still a toddler? I may have from time to time ankle clonus (bits 1-2)? It is normal? He is perfect!

Normal finding: I see no reason for you to obsess over this issue. The only way to know if your child has a normal nervous system is to have a complete exam done by a physician knowledgeable about kids in this age group. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

Yes: Babies have ankle clonus as a normal finding both asleep or awake until they are about a year of age. It is a reflection of the immaturity of their nervous system and not a sign of damage as it would be for an older kid or adult. ...Read more

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3 months 10 days old premature delivered boy have frequent ankle clonus but other neurological exam normal n he behaves a normal attitude..is it norma?

Normal: I'm not a neurologist and someone here will correct me if I'm wrong, but if I remember correctly to my medical school days: clonus is normal in neonates. ...Read more

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