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Plantar grasp reflex in high-risk infants during the first year of life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10669212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
For most primitive reflexes, retention of the reflex beyond the period when it should no longer be elicited suggests a pathologic process within the central nervous system. However, for certain primitive reflexes, such as the plantar grasp reflex, a negative response within the first months of life is suggestive of a neurologic abnormality. From the results of one prospective and one retrospective study, it is clearly indicated that the absence of the plantar grasp reflex from 3 months of age and on correlates with the development of spastic cerebral palsy. The specific combination of presence or absence of specific primitive reflexes, postural reactions, or both may accurately predict a specific type of cerebral palsy or neurodevelopmental abnormality.
D I Zafeiriou
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric neurology     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0887-8994     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-29     Completed Date:  2000-02-29     Revised Date:  2006-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508183     Medline TA:  Pediatr Neurol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
First Pediatric Clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cerebral Palsy / diagnosis*
Developmental Disabilities / diagnosis*
Hand Strength*
Neurologic Examination
Predictive Value of Tests
Pregnancy, High-Risk
Reflex, Abnormal*

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