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The grasp reflex and moro reflex in infants: hierarchy of primitive reflex responses.
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PMID:  22778756     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The plantar grasp reflex is of great clinical significance, especially in terms of the detection of spasticity. The palmar grasp reflex also has diagnostic significance. This grasp reflex of the hands and feet is mediated by a spinal reflex mechanism, which appears to be under the regulatory control of nonprimary motor areas through the spinal interneurons. This reflex in human infants can be regarded as a rudiment of phylogenetic function. The absence of the Moro reflex during the neonatal period and early infancy is highly diagnostic, indicating a variety of compromised conditions. The center of the reflex is probably in the lower region of the pons to the medulla. The phylogenetic meaning of the reflex remains unclear. However, the hierarchical interrelation among these primitive reflexes seems to be essential for the arboreal life of monkey newborns, and the possible role of the Moro reflex in these newborns was discussed in relation to the interrelationship.
Yasuyuki Futagi; Yasuhisa Toribe; Yasuhiro Suzuki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pediatrics     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  1687-9759     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Pediatr     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-10     Completed Date:  2012-08-23     Revised Date:  2013-04-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101517077     Medline TA:  Int J Pediatr     Country:  Egypt    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191562     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pediatric Neurology, Osaka Medical Center and Research Institute for Maternal and Child Health, 840 Murodo-cho, Izumi, Osaka 594-1101, Japan.
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