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What is a babinski sign?

What is a babinski sign?

Babinski sign: The babinski sign is the response of the toes, foot and knee to stimulation of the sole of the foot. When the big toe extends, the other toes fan apart (and the ankle dorsiflexes and knee flexes in some cases), this is a positive or upgoing toe sign, which means the nerve input to the toes has been damaged somewhere in the brain or the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What does babinski was down going mean?

What does babinski was down going mean?

Babinski: Normal babinski is extension, which would be upgoing. It disappears after about 2 yr of age and a recurrence can indicate brain injury. ...Read more

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How does the upper notor neuron lesion cause the babinski sign?

How does the upper notor neuron lesion cause the babinski sign?

Higher brain centers: Babies normally have babinski responses but lose it as they mature. The response remains deep in the brain and spinal cord but is suppressed by the higher brain centers. If the higher brain centers become damaged, these primitive responses return because they are no longer being suppressed. Hope this helps to simplify the prior excellent answer. ...Read more

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Good morning, can you please tell me if Clonus Babinski is hereditary?

Good morning, can you please tell me if Clonus Babinski is hereditary?

Signs Not Diseases: Clonus & Babinski are clinical signs that indicate an upper motor neuron. There is a differential diagnosis if you have these signs. The primary diagnoses that can present with Clonus & Babinski are typically not hereditary. (Stroke, MS, etc...) ...Read more

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What is the babinski reflex ?

What is the babinski reflex ?

Babinski sign: Babinski's reflex occurs when the big toe moves toward the top surface of the foot and the other toes fan out after the sole of the foot has been firmly stroked. The reflex is found in infants and disappears by the age 2 as the nervous system develops. The presence of a babinski's reflex after age 2 is a sign of damage to the nerve paths connecting the spinal cord and the brain. ...Read more

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Can babinski reflex in adults be cured?

Can babinski reflex in adults be cured?

Babinski sign: The babinski sign is an indicator of something affecting the motor system in the brain or spinal cord. Therefore, there is no cure or treatment for a babinski sign, per se, the issue is the condition that is causing the sign. A babinski sign could be permanent in the case of a stroke, or could improve if there was pressure on the brain or spinal cord that was treated. ...Read more

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Could my tremors on rt side be related to positive babinski on left side?

Could my tremors on rt side be related to positive babinski on left side?

Maybe: Depends on why you have abnormal neurological signs on right, and if you possess a progressive neurological disease. Not clear as to what kind of tremors you possess, and if these represent a cerebellar type of problem. You may have multi-focal neurological disease, and if so, ms may be answer, but also, perhaps. Lyme disease and host of other possibilities. Do you have a neurologist seeking dx? ...Read more

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Neurologist looked freaked out & said i had both positive "babinski" and "romberg" tests--i don't even know what those are, or what that means for me..

Neurologist looked freaked out & said i had both positive "babinski" and "romberg" tests--i don't even know what those are, or what that means for me..

That means....: He/she is probably concerned that something could be affecting your brain or spinal cord. Many conditions (some serious, some not so much) can lead to those examination findings he/she remarked upon. I'm sure you'll be undergoing more testing. Best of health to you! ...Read more

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Why can the babinski reflex be seen in sleeping adults?

Why can the babinski reflex be seen in sleeping adults?

NREM: The Babinski reflex can be seen during non-REM sleep states, although not in all individuals. The mechanism is not exactly clear but likely due to the release of inhibition by the cortex of the corticospinal tract that is present during the waking state and REM sleep state. ...Read more