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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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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

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Babinski reflex in adults one foot and the other foot didn't have any reaction would that be?

Babinski reflex in adults one foot and the other foot didn't have any reaction would that be?

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

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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...

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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