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Unconscious Grasping Reflex
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stroke1 posted:
Good day,

If possible, can anyone help me to find the proper term for the unconscious grasping and flexing of the affected hand/wrist.

Often when my son is concentrating on executing a task with the unaffected limb, his affected limb will curl/flex into a spastic, grasping position.

Thanks for your help.
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alberta24 responded:
That is how mine does too. Trying to open something will put my left hand in a cramp. And it will take a while to relax. I don't know the proper term. I just wish it would stop. Alberta
 
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stroke1 replied to alberta24's response:
Alberta, Thanks for the reply. Yes, my son feels the same frustration as you. I'm hoping to find out the Neurological term for this action so that I may research it more effectively.
 
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alberta24 replied to stroke1's response:
If you find out what it is called, let me know so I can do it too. I don't know if there is a name for it. It has just been a part of my life these last 9 years. Sorry I wasn't any help. Alberta
 
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
We really don't have a fancy term for this phenomenon. The flexion of the arm and extension of the leg after a brain injury or stroke is called a "decorticate" posture. If a person has increased muscle tone or spasticity in their arm, it can increase with stress or activity. Medications like baclofen or tizanidine can sometimes help. Likewise, injected the overactive muscles with Botox can decrease the amount of muscle tone.
Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
 
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stroke1 replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
Richard, Thanks for your response and encouragement.
 
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alberta24 replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
I have had the botox. It does not help anymore. In October, I had the baclofen pump put in. It has helped a lot. But not all. I am glad I got it.


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