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What does hyperreflexia look like?

What does hyperreflexia look like?

Muscle reflexes: It means that your muscle reflexes are more pronounced than what is considered normal. Your doctor will determine whether or not you have hyperreflexia by using a rubber hammer to tap on your elbow, arm, knees and ankles and check for muscle contraction or resulting movement. If these muscle jerks are stronger than normal, or if they occur with only a soft tap, this would be considered hyperreflex. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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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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I have recently been diagnosed with congenital hyperreflexia disorder however I have my doubts that it might be pd. How can I tell the difference?

Tremor?: Assuming your concern is about a tremor- you may be able to find online videos showing the difference between a parkinson's tremor and other tremors. Your age greatly favors something besides parkinson's. ...Read more

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I have tn and hyperreflexia do I have ms?

I have tn and hyperreflexia do I have ms?

Unlikely, but: Tn is trigeminal neuralgia? Should have MRI and see if there is some blood vessel or boney protruberance compressing nerve. Hyper-reflexia is non-specific. Although ms can be associated with your problems and more, it is more likely something different is causing your issues. See a neurologist and get all of this under control. ...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 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