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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Hyperreflexia

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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