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What are the symptoms of spasticity?

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Symptoms of spasticity include:

  • Increased muscle tone
  • Overactive reflexes
  • Involuntary movements, which may include spasms (brisk and/or sustained involuntary muscle contraction) and clonus (series of fast involuntary contractions)
  • Pain
  • Decreased functional abilities and delayed motor development
  • Difficulty with care and hygiene
  • Abnormal posture
  • Contractures (permanent contraction of the muscle and tendon due to severe persistent stiffness and spasms)
  • Bone and joint deformities

SOURCES: 

American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Business Wire. “Ipsen announces FDA approval of Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) for injection in the treatment of upper limb spasticity in adults in the United States.”

Smania, N. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med, September 2010. 

UpToDate: "Management and prognosis of cerebral palsy."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 6, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Business Wire. “Ipsen announces FDA approval of Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) for injection in the treatment of upper limb spasticity in adults in the United States.”

Smania, N. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med, September 2010. 

UpToDate: "Management and prognosis of cerebral palsy."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 6, 2019

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