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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Hypertonia

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What's causing my hypertonia?

What's causing my hypertonia?

See below: Hypertonia is a condition marked by an abnormal increase in muscle tension and a reduced ability of a muscle to stretch. It is caused by lesions to upper motor neurons in the central nervous system, which carry information from the central nervous system to the muscles and control posture, muscle tone, and reflexes. ...Read more

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Increased Muscle Tone (Definition)

Increased muscle tone could be due to "muscle spasms" from overuse or trauma. A more severe condition is "spasticity" which results from injury or trauma to the ...Read more


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How do I find out what is causing my hypertonia?

How do I find out what is causing my hypertonia?

See a specialist: generalized hypertonia involving many parts of the body could be indicative of a nervous system disorder. Localized hypertonia may be a product of stress, posture, or other environmental circumstances. You need in an evaluation, possibly with a neurologist, or a physical medicine and rehab specialist. ...Read more

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How can umn lesion causes hypertonia?

How can umn lesion causes hypertonia?

Uninhibited LMN: An umn lesion will allow the lmn to constantly connect and activate the muscles without the descending inhibition from the umn. ...Read more

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What could be a cause of my hypertonia?

What could be a cause of my hypertonia?

Many causes: Impossible to know without your medical history, hypertonia (true increased tone) can have a variety of neurologic causes. A thorough medical exam by a neurologist is recommended as a start to figure out why. ...Read more

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What is hypertonia? (in short understandable terms)

I'll try : Hypertonia implies that the muscles are "set" at a higher baseline level of tone; even at rest. The muscles are incapable of completely relaxing. This is not a good term for doctors to use in isolation, because it doesn't give patients a lot of information. It is almost always a symptom, and not a complete diagnosis. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a cure for hypertonia?

Please let me know if there is a cure for hypertonia?

Depends: It depends on the cause. Severe hypertonic as in cerebral palsy can be treated with medications like bacloden. This med has to be delivered either orally or via pump alongside the spinal cord. ...Read more

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We suspect my daughter has CP and we don't know how to bring it up to her doctors. Her neuro mentioned her having hypertonia today at her appointment!?

We suspect my daughter has CP and we don't know how to bring it up to her doctors. Her neuro mentioned her having hypertonia today at her appointment!?

Discuss your concern: Discuss your concerns with the neurologist, cerebral palsy is more common after birth and if that was the case would have been picked in infancy and childhood.In adults you can have as complication of meningitis or encephalitis or some other CNS disease.It is unlikely that she has cerebral palsy and has not been picked uo on examination.Muscle hypertonia can be from other causes, talk to the neurolo. ...Read more

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My daughter is 3 and shes fine but shes also 45% deaf, would this be linked to hypertonia?

My daughter is 3 and shes fine but shes also 45% deaf, would this be linked to hypertonia?

Studies show: The link between the two is weak. But there's also that small possibility that certain conditions related with abnormalities in lipid metabolism and mitochondrial structures may link these two conditions.God bless u! http://www.ehealthme.com/cs/hypertonia/deafness. http://rarediseasesnetwork.epi.usf.edu/namdc/learnmore/diseases.htm. ...Read more

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2 yr old with multiple dev. Delays and told she has hypertonia. We suspect CP what do we do?

2 yr old with multiple dev. Delays and told she has hypertonia. We suspect CP what do we do?

Evolving picture: A kid with a disorder of motion and posture related to events that occurred during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 yrs can be labeled CP at some point. Hyper or hypotonia are both features found in some.Early intervention programs that work on reducing primitive reflexes and enabling progress are the mainstay of therapy.Keep at it to reduce the kids limitations. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me a simple explanation on what part of the brain would be related to hypertonia in a child?

Can anyone give me a simple explanation on what part of the brain would be related to hypertonia in a child?

Pyramidal pathway: Hi, Hypertonia is a symptom of a neurological condition. It is thought to be a problem not so much in a specific area, but in a pathway of nerves that starts in the motor cortex of the brain and runs through the brainstem to the spinal cord. The pyramidal and extrapyramidal pathways are the 'interstates' that these nerves run through. It can be a challenge in children to determine the cause. ...Read more