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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
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
Spine or brain: Babinski reflex suggests an upper motor neuron disorder. Since the spinal column and the brain are organized into "halves, " one-sided babinski suggests a lesion on one side of the spinal cord, brainstem, or brain. It could be as simple as an entrapped nerve or as serious as a stroke. Neurology consult is strongly recommended. ...Read more
What could it mean for me that I had a positive babinski reflex test? Neurologist said it was unusual for that to happen in adults...
Not always a big dea: It signifies some change in motor circuits in the spinal cord or brain. It can be seen in minor cases of cerebral palsy (where it's no big deal) but can be seen in many other conditions. Seeing a neurologist and having a good neurological examination & history should help understand if this is something of concern. ...Read more
Babinski: It is normal in infants. Older ones with Babinski can have Upper motor neuron disease (cortico-spinal tract damage). ...Read more
My 4 year old child has Babinski reflex. Can this be normal? She is otherwise bright and healthy except for low body weight and high ALP as a baby.
Stop worrying: Quite a few people have Babinski's. Even assuming that this is not just withdrawal -- in a true Babinski, the other four toes fan out while the big one goes up -- it doesn't necessarily mean anything. When you're asleep, you have a Babinski. If the child is walking and talking and developing normally, that's fine. There's no real "normal" alk phos for a child -- it's often quite high. ...Read more
Can u have the babinski reflex in one foot? My right foot is positive, I am having many neuro. Issues on my left side. Wondering if that is related
Yes: Yes, that is definitely a sign of neurological problems. And it is contralateral (if a lesion is on left, symptoms are on right). ...Read more
Can u have the babinski reflex in one foot my right foot is positive, I am having many neuro. Issues on my left side. Wondering if that is related.
Yes: It's fairly common even for normal folks to sometimes have a babinski. It's easier to check on someone else than yourself. It's only one piece in the puzzle that every "neuro" patient is. Glad you're proactive. ...Read more
76 male w/ heart attack on 4/3 in coma w/ a stroke. Today had babinski reflex. 1st & 2nd docs say pull plug or phenobarbital coma. Any other options?
The real: Question as hard as it is, is not what we who are here want, but what would the patient tell you he would want done for him if he could whisper in his ear? Would he want to be kept alive with no ability to come out of his situation? It's tough but if he would whisper yes then you have your answer. If no, then you know what to do. God bless you during this tough time. ...Read more
I exhibit pos babinski reflex and I have tremors on the rt side involving rt hand, arm, tongue, neck. Reflex was pos on lt side could these be relate?
Possible: A positive babinski reflex is an indication of a neurological problem and can be related to the tremors you have. You need to see a doctor or neurologist for a complete examination to find out exactly what is going on. ...Read more
My daughter 4 yrs old still had muscle weakness, atrophy, hyperreflex, positive babinski reflex affected only left leg.?
Neurologist: Not sure what workup has been done, and what diagnoses have been made, but I would highly suggest getting a neurologist involved to investigate. This constellation of symptoms suggests an issue at the spinal cord level, or a nerve degeneration issue, and requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more
Do I probably have msa rather than Parkinson's because of poor balance and having a positive babinski's reflex sign in my left foot?
Challenging: You describe neuropathy, perhaps ataxia, and parkinson's. Would actually wonder if you possess olivo-ponto-cerebellar degeneration, or some parkinson's plus syndrome. Msa can be considered if you show autonomic dysfntn with urinary incontinence, postural hypotension, (helpful is association with sleep apnea, stridor and anterocollis). This is a job for an experienced movement disorder doc. ...Read more
Acid reflux: Acid reflux or gerd technically is caused by poor tone of the sphincter that opens and closes between the esophogus (tube from mouth to stomach) and the stomach. This allows food to come back up with the stomach acid. It may also be caused from a lack of stomach acid that allows food to sit in the stomach too long and then can reflux back up. The stomach acid helps break down the food. ...Read more
Why would you want..: ...to stop your gag reflex? When procedures are done such as endoscopies, TEE's, and other procedures that require penetration deeply into the pharynx and beyond local anesthesia can be given. However, just in general, there'd be little cause to do this...unless it is severely interfering in some way with NORMAL daily activities. Please send more questions to: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi ...Read more
Come again?: With very few exceptions, everyone DOES have a gag reflex. The afferent limb of the gag reflex is mediated by the glossopharyngeal nerve and the efferent limb by the vagus nerve. The reflex is part of your defense against foreign bodies getting lodged in your throat or airway. Maybe you had a different question in mind, because the one you posted doesn't make much sense. ...Read more
Acid Reflux (GERD): To have occasional acid reflux is ok and modifying your diet and raising the head of your bed up on blocks six-eight inches is a good way to start. You can use otc meds such as Tums or mylanta however you may suffer from rebound reflux. You can also use h2 blockers such as Zantac ancd Pepcid that are now otc as well and finally proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec and nexium (esomeprazole). See a GI doc! ...Read more
Do this: If overweight, get to your normal weight, eat small frequent meals, avoid eating within three hours of bedtime. Stay away from caffeine products such as soda, coffee or tea unless you choose decaff. Avoid alcohol as well as fried and fatty foods- they irritate the lining of the stomach and cause more acid secretion. ...Read more
Assists with feeding: The rooting reflex is a primitive reflex that is present at birth that helps your baby breastfeed. When your baby's cheek is stroked s/he will turn towards that side and open their mouth, searching for the object. This helps with breastfeeding. This reflex generally goes away around 4 months of age. ...Read more
Irritation: Anything which can irritate the nerves in the back of the throat may aggravate gagging, such as foreign objects (eg, fish bones), tumors, infections, masses in space between spine and back of throat, swollen neck lymph nodes, medications; but also unpleasant thoughts, gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). ...Read more
Acid reflux diet: The general dietary rule of thumb for acid reflux sufferers is to avoid foods that are spicy, acidic, caffeinated or greasy. Examples of include some meats, oranges, chocolate, liquor, coffee (this is not a full list). Foods that can be consumed include apples and apple juice, bananas, low fat foods, oatmeal, carrots, some meats, fish, water. (this is not an exhaustive list). ...Read more