Reflejo de Babinski

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Definición

Es uno de los reflejos que ocurren en los bebés. Los reflejos son respuestas que se presentan cuando el cuerpo recibe cierto estímulo.

El reflejo de Babinski se presenta después de que se ha frotado firmemente la planta del pie. El dedo gordo del pie entonces se mueve hacia arriba o hacia la superficie superior del pie y los otros dedos se abren en abanico. 

Este reflejo es normal en niños hasta los 2 años de edad. Desaparece a medida que el niño crece. Puede desaparecer ya a los 12 meses.

Nombres alternativos

Signo de Babinski; Reflejo plantar extensor

Consideraciones

Cuidados en el hogar

Cuándo contactar a un profesional médico

Lo que se puede esperar en el consultorio médico

Referencias

Griggs RC, Jozefowicz RF, Aminoff MJ. Approach to the patient with neurologic disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 403. 

Lehman RK, Schor NF. Neurologic evaluation. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 584.

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