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Causes Of 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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