processing capability of the spinal cord

Richard Norman rsnorman at
Mon Dec 7 21:00:21 EST 1998

Walter Eric Johnson wrote in message <74fr3c$l4l$1 at>...
>Richard Norman (rsnorman at wrote:
>: The Babinski reflex is different -- a normal response requires
>: an intact pyramidal system, that is, motor cortex.  It would go
>: along with the rest of the brain.
>Is the Babinski reflex processed by the brain?  I think it is one
>of the first reflexes to come back after a complete spinal cord
>transection -- in as little as two weeks.
>Eric Johnson

It depends what you mean by Babinski reflex.  A positive sign
indicates upper motor neuron - corticospinal tract problems,
therefore spinal function without the "brain".

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