ankle clonus

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1. alternate involuntary muscular contraction and relaxation in rapid succession.
2. a continuous rhythmic reflex tremor initiated by the spinal cord below an area of spinal cord injury, set in motion by reflex testing.
ankle clonus (foot clonus) a series of abnormal reflex movements of the foot, induced by sudden dorsiflexion, causing alternate contraction and relaxation of the triceps surae muscle.
toe clonus abnormal rhythmic contraction of the great toe, induced by sudden passive extension of its first phalanx.
wrist clonus spasmodic contraction of the hand muscles, induced by forcibly extending the hand at the wrist.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

an·kle clo·nus

a rhythmic contraction of the calf muscles following a sudden passive dorsiflexion of the foot, the leg being semiflexed.
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ankle clonus

A rhythmical, sustained series of flexion movements at the ankle. This is produced in people with damage to the nerve pathways in the spinal cord or brain (an upper motor neurone lesion), by a deliberate rapid, stretching of the ACHILLES TENDON, by forcibly flexing the foot. The spinal reflex arc is intact but the normal control on it, from above, is defective.
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They reported the most sensitive test was an exaggerated patellar tendon reflex (94%), followed by the Hoffmann sign (81%), Babinski sign (53%), and ankle clonus (35%).
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On examination, he had brisk tendon reflexes with ankle clonus, spastic quadriparesis, and decreased proprioceptive sensation in the lower limbs with preserved vibration sense.
* Test for ankle clonus. Push up on the ball of the foot and forcibly dorsiflex the ankle.
Physical examination revealed left ankle clonus, positive Babinski sign on the left, and left lower extremity weakness.
Motor examination of the lower limbs showed hypertonia hyperreflexia ankle clonus and bilaterally up going planters.