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Went to dr for clumsiness I had hyperreflexia legs/arms +jaw jerk +hoffman's sign +babinski & clonus. Neuro ordered MRI of brain What is she looking 4?

Went to dr for clumsiness I had hyperreflexia legs/arms +jaw jerk +hoffman's sign +babinski & clonus. Neuro ordered MRI of brain What is she looking 4?

Broad ddx: There may be a bilateral cortical/subcortical brain disruption and MRI could help identify a potential cause based on the pattern of abnormalities. For ex: adult-onset leukodystrophy would show extensive demyelination of the white matter sparing the periventricular white matter vs MS vs Cerebral Autosomal-Dominant Arteriopathy, and work-up is different for each disease. ...Read more

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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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Went to dr for clumsiness.I had hyperreflexsia legs/arms jaw jerk present positive hoffman's sign babinski present & clonus. Neuro. ordered MRI. ??

Went to dr for clumsiness.I had hyperreflexsia legs/arms jaw jerk present positive hoffman's sign babinski  present & clonus. Neuro. ordered MRI. ??

Dr ordered MRI: What is your question? Is your question why the doctor ordered an MRI? Please state the reason the doctor gave for ordering an MRI, and also, an MRI of what? Brain? Heart? Left foot? If you did not ask the doctor the reason, please state why not. ...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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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

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Is there a way to prevent clonus?

Medications, PT: Clonus is over-active reflexes. This can occur after strokes as well as in some other neurological conditions. Occasionally a person will have clonus without any neurological condition. Options include avoiding positions that trigger the clonus; persistent physical therapy after a stroke to help muscle retraining; muscle relaxant medications such as baclofen; and possibly Botox injections. ...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?

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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Is my sons clonus more likley to be related to his CP or grade 4 ivh with pvl. ?

Is my sons clonus more likley to be related to his CP or grade 4 ivh with pvl. ?

Cerebral palsy: Ivh occurs in prematures, then resolves. Pvl is the result of changes in the brain due to prematurity. Cerebral palsy is a clinical diagnosis which includes spasticity and the ability to elicit clonus. This is often the result of events associated with prematurity. Clonus is a clinical finding that can be seen in normal children, but is more common in children with cerebral palsy. ...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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