Grasp Reflex

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Grasp reflex on 5 months old baby boy

The grasping reflex is responsible for involuntarily grasping an object that is placed in the palm of the hand. The reflex is physiologically present in newborns and disappears in early childhood. In adults, this reflex is a sign of damage to the prefrontal areas of the brain.[1] In this disorder, the patient is often unable to release the grip quickly when asked, and is not even able to say why he did so.[2] Grasp Reflex - a pathological finding in Czech (Centrum elektronického vzdělávání 1.LF UK)


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