decerebrate posture


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decerebrate posture

Extensor posturing Neurology A clinical state characterized by hyperextension of extremities, pronation of arms and hyperflexion of hands; DP in humans implies tentorial herniation, often associated with paralysis of the contralateral 3rd cranial nerve. Cf Decorticate posture.
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decerebrate posture

A rigid posture of stiff, extended arms, pronated forearms, and exaggerated deep tendon reflexes. It is a posture of a patient who has lost cerebral control of spinal reflexes, usually as a result of an intracranial catastrophe.
See also: posture
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