continuous resistance to stretching by a muscle due to abnormally increased tension, with heightened deep tendon reflexes.
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One type of increase in muscle tone at rest; characterized by increased resistance to passive stretch, velocity dependent and asymmetric about joints (that is, greater in the flexor muscles at the elbow and the extensor muscles at the knee). Exaggerated deep tendon reflexes and clonus are additional manifestations.
See also: clasp-knife spasticity
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spasticity Neurology A velocity-dependent ↑ in tonic stretch reflexes–involuntary muscle contraction, most common in Pts with spinal cord lesions above the conus medullarisis, developing months after spinal cord injury Management Baclofen, which potentiates GABA's inhibitory effect on reflexes
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A state of increased muscular tone with exaggeration of the tendon reflexes.
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spasticity Rigidity in muscles causing stiffness and restriction of movement. Spasticity may or may not be associated with paralysis or muscle weakness. Spasticity with paralysis is a feature of many cases of STROKE. It occurs in SPASTIC PARALAYSIS (cerebral palsy) and sometimes in MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.
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Increased mucle tone, or stiffness, which leads to uncontrolled, awkward movements.
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Type of increase in muscle tone at rest; characterized by increased resistance to passive stretch; velocity dependent and asymmetric about joints.
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