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Babinski Test

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Other Names

  • Babinski Sign
  • Babinski Reflex
  • Plantar Reflex

Purpose

  • Test the integrity of the cortical spinal tract (CST)

Description

Illustration of normal and abnormal Babinski reflex
  • Examiner runs instrument up the lateral plantar side of the foot from the heel to the toe
  • Also run across metatarsal pads to the base of the great toe
  • Positive test
    • Dorsiflexion (upward movement) of the big toe and fanning of the other toes
  • Normal test (negative)
    • No movement

Pathology


Evidence

  • Unknown

See Also


References

Created by:
John Kiel on 22 April 2020 23:33:24
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Last edited:
24 March 2023 10:19:40
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