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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Hyperreflexia

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Dr. John Landi
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Increased Reflexes (Definition)

Increased deep tendon reflexes are a clinical finding in which the reflexes of the major joints in the body are tested by a physician (such as tapping beneath the knee) and are found to be produce more of a reflex response in speed ...Read more


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Can degenerative changes in spine cause hyperreflexia?

Can degenerative changes in spine cause hyperreflexia?

Most do not: If spinal cord impinged, however, some problems may occur.
Be seen and discuss re neurologist consult. ...Read more

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What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Some answers: Illnesses that affect the cerebellum and corticospinal tract, or the dorsal columns and corticospinal tract can cause these findings.

Stroke is probably the most common, MS is also a possible explanation, there are also others (trauma, infection, neoplastic disease, etc.) ...Read more

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What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Here are a few: May see with spinocerebellar degenerations, such a freidrich's ataxia, not unique to find in multiple sclerosis, might see with von hippel lindau syndrome, sometimes occurs with lupus, vasculitis, sjogren's. Occasionally a meningioma at the base of brain can present this way. Some brainstem strokes do this. Might go to wikepedia, or a site such as mayo clinic, as more information in depth there. ...Read more

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What are the illnesses that cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What are the illnesses that cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Many: A variety of white matter diseases such as leukodystrophies, degenerative spinocerebellar degenerations, carcinomatous meningitis, tumors and bleeding into cerebellum, multiple sclerosis, arteritis, and vasculitis, structural disorders, at base of brain and foramen magnum. ...Read more

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What are the causes for clonus hyperreflexia in both arms and legs. MRI shows no signs of MS or neuron impairment?

What are the causes for clonus hyperreflexia in both arms and legs. MRI shows no signs of MS or neuron impairment?

MRI only tells: .. part of the story. If you have myoclonus and hyper-reflexia, you must establish a strong relationship with a good neurologist in order to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. North of the equator, there are several devastating neurological disorders that cause these symptoms, multiple sclerosis being only one of them. Please get yourself diagnosed quickly. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of ataxia and hyperreflexia?

The brain: Hyperreflexia is increased reflexes. This is an "upper motor neuron" issue, and comes from diseases of the brain such as multiple sclerosis or a stroke. Cervical spine stenois (tightness) can also cause this bilaterally.

Ataxia is incoordination of motor movements. Most commonly this occurs from disease of the cerebellum. These can be acquired (toxins, low b12) and genetic. ...Read more

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Is hyperreflexia permanent or temperory, when caused by alcohol withdraws are over? Is this permanent

Is hyperreflexia permanent or temperory, when caused by alcohol withdraws are over? Is this permanent

Temporary: It is a sign of increased Adrenalin and possibly other neurotransmitters that are seen in alcohol withdrawal. Once the withdrawal is over, they go away. If there is some other cause (a brain or spinal cord lesion, or other diseases or medications that can cause it), then it may persist. A neurologist can help figure it out the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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10 year o son diag clonus hyperreflexia mild left hemipareses what could have caused this quick onset neg brain MRI spine MRI mild bulges l4l5s1. Told unrelated. Is there anything else I can do for him other than ot pt? What could have caused this that I

10 year o son diag clonus hyperreflexia mild left hemipareses what could have caused this quick onset neg brain MRI spine MRI mild bulges l4l5s1. Told unrelated. Is there anything else I can do for him other than ot pt? What could have caused this that I

Cerebral palsy: Children can be missed for this diagnosis, especially if its very mild. Not sure if your child had a long or laborous delivery when you had him, but this can deprive the brain of oxygen during the delivery. Many times children recover well afterwards and cerebral palsy is ruled out. It then manifests later in life as the clonus hyperreflexia or an achilles tendon rupture. See a pm;r/neuro doc. ...Read more

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I have clonus and hyperreflexia. Also have sjogren's, low B12 but normal MRI of brain and spine. Burning weak arms legs. Can clonus caused by sjogrens?

I have clonus and hyperreflexia. Also have sjogren's, low B12 but normal MRI of brain and spine. Burning weak arms legs. Can clonus caused by sjogrens?

Sort this out: Both sjogren's and b-12 deficiencies can cause small fiber neuropathy, which can promote limb burning. The weakness could involve large fibres, but the clonus and hyperreflexia may be a sign of upper motor neuron problem within brain or neck, and thus might require imaging studies. A few tests can be useful, such as mri, and skin punch biopsy. Although sjogren's could mimic ms, and cause clonus. ...Read more

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Why does spinal chord compression cause increased reflexes?

Physiology: Due to compression of corticospinal pathways, weakness can occur, and inhibition of these areas in the spinal cord allow excitatory responses to supervene, and thence increased reflexes in the legs. Actually, an archaic response to preserve function in motor pathways in case of injury. ...Read more

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What does hyperreflexia look like?

What does hyperreflexia look like?

Muscle reflexes: It means that your muscle reflexes are more pronounced than what is considered normal. Your doctor will determine whether or not you have hyperreflexia by using a rubber hammer to tap on your elbow, arm, knees and ankles and check for muscle contraction or resulting movement. If these muscle jerks are stronger than normal, or if they occur with only a soft tap, this would be considered hyperreflex. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with congenital hyperreflexia disorder however I have my doubts that it might be pd. How can I tell the difference?

Tremor?: Assuming your concern is about a tremor- you may be able to find online videos showing the difference between a parkinson's tremor and other tremors. Your age greatly favors something besides parkinson's. ...Read more

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I have tn and hyperreflexia do I have ms?

I have tn and hyperreflexia do I have ms?

Unlikely, but: Tn is trigeminal neuralgia? Should have MRI and see if there is some blood vessel or boney protruberance compressing nerve. Hyper-reflexia is non-specific. Although ms can be associated with your problems and more, it is more likely something different is causing your issues. See a neurologist and get all of this under control. ...Read more

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I am a 23 year old male. Was evaluated by a neurologist yesterday and he noticed hyperreflexia in both legs. He ordered an MRI. How serious is this?

I am a 23 year old male. Was evaluated by a neurologist yesterday and he noticed hyperreflexia in both legs. He ordered an MRI. How serious is this?

Hyper reflexes: I do not know the nature of your back problem. If you had an accident these symptoms are usually due to fracture. No accident at your age likely disc. ...Read more

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I went to a neurologist and had hyperreflexia in both legs. Ok in 20 year old? Related to frequent urination?

I went to a neurologist and had hyperreflexia in both legs. Ok in 20 year old? Related to frequent urination?

Hyperreflexia legs: 24 F saw neurologist for unknown reason and hyperreflexia in both legs was noted. Asks OK? Related to frequent urination? It all depends on your whole story of what is going on. May be Ok. Esp if you are nervous. Need more detail on frequent urination. Day or night? A little or a lot. So put together more detail and come back for second opinion. ...Read more

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I had +babinski +hoffmans +clonus hyperreflexia cant walk heel/toe and fall to the R. MRI of brain was normal so does that mean all is fine, what next?

I had +babinski +hoffmans +clonus hyperreflexia cant walk heel/toe and fall to the R. MRI of brain was normal so does that mean all is fine, what next?

Further work up: You are describing an exam consistent with some form of spasticity. In addition to an mri of the brain that you had, you need an mri of the cervical spine to look for spinal cord compression and a full neurological evaluation to rule out ALS, both of which can cause the signs and symptoms you are describing. ...Read more

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Tremors while at rest. Change in position and they subside. Also, right eye tremor/twitch. PCP noted hyperreflexia, (both knees).?

Tremors while at rest. Change in position and they subside. Also, right eye tremor/twitch. PCP noted hyperreflexia, (both knees).?

Tremors: Tremors are fairly common and most are essential tremors, but can be sign of Parkinson's. Also can be associated with drug or alcohol withdrawal. ...Read more

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Both of my feet tremor when they are on toes, when I raise my heel. Is this clonus? They are symmetric. I also have hyperreflexia. Mri brain spine normal

Both of my feet tremor when they are on toes, when I raise my heel. Is this clonus? They are symmetric. I also have hyperreflexia. Mri brain spine normal

Neurologist: Best place to start is neurologist. Clonus and hyperreflexxia imply central cord symptoms. Has to be evaluated. Might need spinal workup. ...Read more

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Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Explanation: You mention two issues, and at age 23, am surprised at this combination, but b-12 deficiency can result in peripheral nerve and spinal cord problems which may explain many of your symptoms. Sjogren's can mimic ms and also cause a small fibre neuropathy which could explain additional issues. Do not need an ms explanation here, as doubtful you have that also. Suggest neurology eval. ...Read more

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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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What cause bp?

What cause bp?

BP definition.: The blood pressure is the resistance to blood flow through the body. The higher number is the resistance when the heart pumps, and the lower number is the resistance when the heart relaxes and fills. High BP can lead to problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and brain. 95% of the time, there's no one specific cause perhaps other than genetics. ...Read more

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What cause add?

What cause add?

Many things: The cause of adhd symptoms are many, allergies, low blood sugar, learning problems, nutritional deficiencies to name a few. Everyone deserves a thorough medical evaluation to look for these causes. ...Read more

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What cause add?

What cause add?

Not known.: It used to be thought it came from slight brain damage during pregnancy, but no longer. Perhaps it's an adaptive trait for very threatening environments left over from earlier evolution. Maybe, too, that's why it's so common. ...Read more

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What causes crf?

What causes crf?

Chronic renal fail: Causes of chronic renal failure can include: polycystic kidney disease, chronic urinary tract obstruction, diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis & reflux of urine back into kidneys. ...Read more

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Cause of headche?

Depends: It greatly depends on the type of headache you have, location, quality, associated symptoms, etc, etc. ...Read more

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What causes exzma?

What causes exzma?

Itch that rashes: In eczema, the 'hallmark' is the itch that rashes, where there is a cycle of itch-scratch that perpetuates this condition. Other skin conditions may mimic eczema, so evaluation by your doctor or dermatologist is warranted.
Atopic individuals have a personal or famiy history of asthma, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, or "sensitive" skin. ...Read more