A reflex used to determine adequacy of the higher (central) nervous system. The Babinski reflex is obtained by stimulating the outside of the sole of the foot, causing extension of the big toe while fanning the other toes. The examiner begins the stimulation at the heel and goes forward to the base of the toes. Most newborn babies and young infants are not neurologically mature, and they therefore show a Babinski reflex. A Babinski reflex in an older child or an adult is abnormal and is a sign of a problem in the brain or spinal cord. A Babinski reflex that is present on one side but not the other is also abnormal, and it can indicate which side of the brain is involved. Also known as plantar response, big toe sign, and Babinski phenomenon, response, or sign.
- Reflex, let down
An involuntary reflex when a women is breastfeeding which causes the milk to flow freely.
- Reflex, photic sneeze
50 chance of passing the Achoo gene to each of their children who will have the disorder.
- Reflex, pressor
A pressor reflex is a neurological (nerve) reflex that constricts arterioles (small blood vessels) and thereby increases the blood pressure. “Pressor” refers to raising the blood pressure. The word comes from the French “presser” meaning “to exert pressure” or “to squeeze.”
The term used when liquid backs up into the esophagus from the stomach.
- Reflux disease, gastroesophageal (GERD)
The stomach contents regurgitate and back up (reflux) into the esophagus The food in the stomach is partially digested by stomach acid and enzymes. Normally, the partially digested acid content in the stomach is delivered by the stomach muscle down into the small intestine for further digestion. With esophageal reflux, stomach acid content refluxes back […]