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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Clonus (Overview)

Clonus = involuntary, muscular contractions & relaxations which may be seen with some neurological disorders.


Dr. Lonnie Smith
62 Doctors shared insights

Clonus (Overview)

Clonus = involuntary, muscular contractions & relaxations which may be seen with some neurological disorders.


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What are the symptoms of clonus?

What are the symptoms of clonus?

Movement: Clonus is the involuntary, repetitive movement of a muscle or muscle group. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for clonus?

Depend: It depend on the disease which causes clonus. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for clonus?

Mulitple: Options include avoiding positions that trigger the clonus; physical therapy; muscle relaxant medications such as baclofen; and possibly Botox injections. ...Read more

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I have clonus in my right foot. How can I get rid of it?

Significance: Clonus is usually associated with an upper motor neuron problem and can be seen with spasticity. Real question is the cause, and how to manage the underlying problem. We do have anti-spasticity meds to help, and Botox might be an answer, but let's not put the cart before the horse. See a neurologist and get this diagnosed. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent clonus?

Medications, PT: Clonus is over-active reflexes. This can occur after strokes as well as in some other neurological conditions. Occasionally a person will have clonus without any neurological condition. Options include avoiding positions that trigger the clonus; persistent physical therapy after a stroke to help muscle retraining; muscle relaxant medications such as baclofen; and possibly Botox injections. ...Read more

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So my son walking (13 months) is still a toddler? I may have from time to time ankle clonus (bits 1-2)? Yes or not?

So my son walking (13 months) is still a toddler? I may have from time to time ankle clonus (bits 1-2)? Yes or not?

A 13 month old..: ...Is a toddler. He is therefore expected to walk like a toddler. Because you have clonus does not mean he will have clonus.
I'm not certain what you are asking when you type "yes or not.". ...Read more

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How can I stop clonus?

Cause: Do you know what is cause of your clonus? Have you seen a neurologist? ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of clonus?

Movement: Clonus is the involuntary, repetitive movement of a muscle or muscle group. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of clonus in children?

Rythmic movements: Clonus is a symptom, characterized by involutary rhythmic movements. These can be a sign of other conditions. If your child is experiencing clonus, they need to see their physician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Clonus?

Clonus: Clonus = involuntary, muscular contractions & relaxations which may be seen with some neurological disorders. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent clonus?

Medications, PT: Clonus is over-active reflexes. This can occur after strokes as well as in some other neurological conditions. Occasionally a person will have clonus without any neurological condition. Options include avoiding positions that trigger the clonus; persistent physical therapy after a stroke to help muscle retraining; muscle relaxant medications such as baclofen; and possibly Botox injections. ...Read more

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Good morning, can you please tell me if Clonus Babinski is hereditary?

Signs Not Diseases: Clonus & Babinski are clinical signs that indicate an upper motor neuron. There is a differential diagnosis if you have these signs. The primary diagnoses that can present with Clonus & Babinski are typically not hereditary. (Stroke, MS, etc...) ...Read more

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Is my sons clonus more likley to be related to his CP or grade 4 ivh with pvl.?

Is my sons clonus more likley to be related to his CP or grade 4 ivh with pvl.?

Cerebral palsy: Ivh occurs in prematures, then resolves. Pvl is the result of changes in the brain due to prematurity. Cerebral palsy is a clinical diagnosis which includes spasticity and the ability to elicit clonus. This is often the result of events associated with prematurity. Clonus is a clinical finding that can be seen in normal children, but is more common in children with cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for clonus?

Depend: It depend on the disease which causes clonus. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for clonus?

Mulitple: Options include avoiding positions that trigger the clonus; physical therapy; muscle relaxant medications such as baclofen; and possibly Botox injections. ...Read more

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What is the difference between treppe, clonus and tetanus?

Treppa: Treppe is a staircase effect by stimulating the muscle at a variable frequency like in a twitch but in treppe it is increasing in a step wise fashion so each time more muscles are recruited in treppe. Not seen in clonus and in tetanus
treppe generally caused by serotonin toxicity
clonus contraction and relaxation of muscle
tetanus is a chronic spasm of a muscle due to bacilus tetanus ...Read more

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When is ankle clonus normal?

When is ankle clonus normal?

It is not: Ankle clonus is a reflex seen in states such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, hepatic encephalopathy and serotonin syndrome. If it is present, a neurologic referral is in order. ...Read more

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What are some sign that I may have ankle clonus?

What are some sign that I may have ankle clonus?

Spasms & relaxation: Ankle clonus is a series of abnormal reflex movements of the foot, induced by bending the foot upward at the ankle, causing alternate contraction and relaxation of the calf muscle. This can be present in stroke patients, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis. If this is indeed present, talk to your doctor about getting a neurology referral. ...Read more

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Who can I ask to explain the ankle clonus test results to me?

Movement disorder: Ankle clonus is a movement disorder characterised by involuntary waves of muscle contractions in the ankle that occur in responce to streching the muscle in and around the ankle.
It is usually sign of neurological disorder as body normally prevents such contractions from occuring. ...Read more

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Developed nonsustained ankle clonus unilateral. 2 years ago had a neuro exam and this was not present. Is developing it a bad sign?

Clonus meaning?: Sometimes it means something. Non sustained clonus sometimes does not hold up from exam to exam- some people are not good at detecting this.

Clonus of any kind should indicate something happening in the spinal cord or the brain. If you have it on one side, it should be the brain. Sometimes the cause is not found however.

If it was found in a new exam, a work up will be planned. ...Read more

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I heard that immature myelin in toddlers can cause mild ankle clonus, is it true? When does the myelin will get mature?

I heard that immature myelin in toddlers can cause mild ankle clonus, is it true? When does the myelin will get mature?

Maturation: The nervous system matures from top down and inside to outside. Ankle clonus is normal in infants until they begin to walk, which the maturation allows. Persistence after 15-18 mo would be a problem. They first gain a wide grasp with fingers like pincers, but fine motor control of the individual fingers will not come in until well into school age. ...Read more

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Left non-sustained ankle clonus is nothing to be concerned about correct?

Left non-sustained ankle clonus is nothing to be concerned about correct?

Maybe, maybe not: If I find this in any patient over 2 years of age I am concerned. A more thorough evaluation would be needed for such a patient to rule out other issues. ...Read more

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Unilateral hoffman's sign and on the same side have non sustained ankle clonus. What's the cause of this?

Unilateral hoffman's sign and on the same side have non sustained ankle clonus. What's the cause of this?

Poss c-spine prob: Hoffman's sign is used by clinicians when there is a suspicion of cervical spine pathology possibly pressing on the spinal cord. The sign is more accurate when present bilaterally but can be seen when unilateral. It has also been reported in hyperthyroidism and anxiety states. I hope this helps. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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So my son walking (13 months) is still a toddler? I may have from time to time ankle clonus (bits 1-2)? Yes or not?

A 13 month old..: ...Is a toddler. He is therefore expected to walk like a toddler. Because you have clonus does not mean he will have clonus.
I'm not certain what you are asking when you type "yes or not.". ...Read more

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Dr james. So my son (13 month) walking is still a toddler? I may have from time to time ankle clonus (bits 1-2)? It is normal? He is perfect!

Normal finding: I see no reason for you to obsess over this issue. The only way to know if your child has a normal nervous system is to have a complete exam done by a physician knowledgeable about kids in this age group. ...Read more

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22 months Boy have ankle clonus since he 3 weeks old. He have a normal milestone&posture. Could a normal child have a clonus for the rest in his life?

22 months Boy have ankle clonus since he 3 weeks old. He have a normal milestone&posture. Could a normal child have a clonus for the rest in his life?

Nl devel reassuring: It is very reassuring that your child's development has been very normal in spite of ankle clonus. It is not uncommon to see several beats of anke clonus in healthy children and for children to tiptoe with walking for the first few years, but continuous clonus is unusual and subtle signs of muscle tightness may show up in the future. Hopefully not. ...Read more

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I have clonus in my right foot. How can I get rid of it?

Significance: Clonus is usually associated with an upper motor neuron problem and can be seen with spasticity. Real question is the cause, and how to manage the underlying problem. We do have anti-spasticity meds to help, and Botox might be an answer, but let's not put the cart before the horse. See a neurologist and get this diagnosed. ...Read more