carpopedal spasm


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car·po·ped·al spasm

spasm of the feet and hands observed in hyperventilation, calcium deprivation, and tetany: flexion of the hands at the wrists and of the fingers at the metacarpophalangeal joints and extension of the fingers at the phalangeal joints; the feet are dorsiflexed at the ankles and the toes plantar flexed.

carpopedal spasm

Etymology: Gk, karpos + L, pes, foot
a spasm of the hand, thumbs, foot, or toes that sometimes accompanies tetany.

carpopedal spasm

Medicine Spasms of hands and feet due to ↓ Ca2+ or hyperventilation

car·po·ped·al spasm

(kahr'pō-ped'ăl spazm)
Spasm of the feet and hands observed in hyperventilation, calcium deprivation, and tetany: flexion of the hands at the wrists and of the fingers at the metacarpophalangeal joints and extension of the fingers at the phalangeal joints; the feet are dorsiflexed at the ankles and the toes plantar flexed.
Synonym(s): carpopedal contraction.

carpopedal spasm

spasmodic flexion of wrists/fingers and dorsiflexion of the ankles and plantarflexion of the toes in association with hyperventilation, calcium deprivation (parathyroid disease) and tetany