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Deep Tendon Reflexes In Pregnancy
0-4: Deep tendon reflexes, of which the knee-jerk is the best known, are spinal reflexes triggered by hitting certain tendons. Triceps, biceps, patellar (knee) and ankle are the most commonly tested and are graded 0-4 as follows: 0-absent 1-small reaction 2=normal 3=brisk 4=clonic (continuous jerking) clinical context and symmetry more important than the actual reflex grade though. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
See below: A DTR is a brisk contraction of a muscle in response to a sudden stretch induced by a sharp tap by a finger or rubber hammer on the tendon of insertion of the muscle. Absence of the reflex may be caused by damage to the muscle, peripheral nerve, nerve roots, or spinal cord at that level. A hyperactive reflex may indicate disease of the pyramidal tract above the level of the reflex arc being tested. ...Read more
No: If the person under the influence his reflexes should be down from normal. ...Read more
Deep tendon reflex: Dtr or deep tendon reflex is a test done on physical exam to evaluate specific nerve function. Certain nerves like cervical and lumber spinal nerves control certain reflexes and when absent can indicate a problem with that nerve. Like the patellar or knee reflex can indicate a spinal nerve problem or herniated disc. ...Read more
See below: A deep tendon reflex reflects the function of a part of the nervous system that travels to and from the spinal cord. It is also influenced by the brain. It is involuntary. Some people have brisker reflexes than others and it is completely normal. Some conditions can cause brisker reflexes like an overactive thyroid or certain nervous system conditions like injury to the brain or spinal cord. ...Read more
Is a change in your deep tendon reflex history an ominous sign? Like going from 2+ to 4+ on a scale that goes to 5+
That is not: a very sensitive test, depends on how performed and your mental state at that time. Would be significant if not present or you had other signs to associate with ...Read more
A little learning...: ... Is a dangerous thing. People's deep tendon reflexes are widely variable. A brain tumor that makes a DTR brisker will always (no exceptions) do so asymmetrically, and will have some other symptom (headache, personality change, nausea, altered walk). Some folks, including one of my neurology attendings, have no dtr's, and they're normal unless even a lay person can see they aren't. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Big jerks in all of my deep tendon reflex test. I have numbness and tingling and postural tremors. Normal MRI of braim and spine. Low B12 and sjogrens
What happens to the patellar tendon reflex after running on the spot and why does this happen?
Please help, this is urgent
Patellar reflex: The patellar tendon reflex is an involuntary reflex arc that occurs in response to rapid stretching of the tendon. When the tendon is tapped with a reflex hammer, involuntary stimulation of the quadriceps muscle (e.g., knee extension) is produced. Running and other exercises that promote fatiguability of the quad muscles can blunt, but typically cannot eliminate, the effect of the reflex itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have an unprotected penis inside of you for less than 5 seconds and not very deep, what are the chances of pregnancy. I'm scared... :( ?
Here are some…: Surely, there has been no known study specially designed to answer your question. However, nowadays, luckily, the easy availability of highly reliable HPT has taken the pressure off the shoulders of sexually active women. So, do HPT in a week after missing period and repeat it in a wk if the first test was (-) and still in doubt. Best wish… ...Read more
I have had this reocurring deep pain spot in the left side of my neck, between my adams apple and tendon. It hurts when i push on it or move my head. ?
Don't : Don't push on it. Have your doctor do that. ...Read more
I am a 43 yr old male. I take 500mg metformin daily. My doctor recently wrote sluggish deep tendon response on my physical exam. What does that mean and what are the implications?
Several things: Could be a comment about your thyroid. Ask him/her what was meant and what is to be done about it. ...Read more
These are my thought: on the matter- other providers on Healthtap may be more knowledgeable about this subject. I have received deep tissue massage a number of times. It breaks down tissue and thus may release toxins into your system. Although, I believe that massage in general could be very beneficial to a pregnant woman - I would be more hesitant to recommend deep tissue work at that time. I don't have hard data to ...Read more
I spotted for 3 days 2wks ago n now I have started bleeding n it's bright red. Usually it's deep red. What's going on.. Is pregnancy possible?
Check a test : If you are sexually active pregnancy is always possible. We usually suspect pregnnacy when you are having no periods not more though. Check a test and you will have your answer. Sounds like just an irregular period. If this is abnormal for you schedule a visit with your obgyn. ...Read more
I stabbed my hand with a knife about one inch below the palm's center, it wasnt too deep. But, i did some tendon damage its been months. Still no %100?
Yes: As a rule, most topical creams or lotions have very little transfer of their content below the top skin layers. As such, they do not enter the blood and cannot be transferred to a fetus or through the breast milk. The exception to this rule are those preparations designed specifically to enter the blood, like the meds in a nicotiine patch, birth control patch, etc. which use special chemicals to a ...Read more
2 mnts after type 1 pec tendon tear repair still lot of pain when moving and discomfort taking deep breaths rom isn't good yet what should I expect?
Be reevaluated : Of you are still having trouble 2 months after a pec repair, you would certainly want to be reevaluated to make sure you are making appropriate testing and that you do not need any more testing. ...Read more
I cut my finger fairly deep on the top crease but i can still move the portion of it i cut fairly well, could i still need surgery on the tendon?
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