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Babinski’s Sign

Series Editor and Author: Frank L. Urbano, MD

1. A positive Babinski’s sign may involve all of the following EXCEPT:
  1. Dorsiflexion of the great toe
  2. Fanning of other 4 toes on the tested foot
  3. Flexion of the knee
  4. Flexion of the fascia lata femoris
  5. Flexion of the hip
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2. A positive Babinski’s sign indicates a lesion in:

  1. The spinothalamic tract
  2. The pyramidal tract
  3. The olivocerebellar tract
  4. The pons
  5. The midbrain
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  3. Squeezing the Achilles tendon is the preferred way to elicit which one of the following signs?
  1. Babinski’s sign
  2. Gordon’s sign
  3. Chaddock’s sign
  4. Oppenheim’s sign
  5. Phalen’s sign
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4. Which one of the following statements about Babinski’s sign is true?

  1. It is characterized by all toes curving upward.
  2. It can be elicited in patients with some metabolic or toxic cerebral diseases.
  3. It is not known to be present in patients with multiple sclerosis.
  4. It occurs in newborns and disappears by 5 years of age.
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