What is it?

Hyporeflexia is a medical condition in which the normal reflexes of the body are reduced or absent. This can occur as a result of nerve damage, spinal cord injury, or other neurological disorders.

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Signs & symptoms

The symptoms of hyporeflexia include reduced or absent reflexes, such as the knee-jerk reflex, decreased muscle tone, weakness, and numbness or tingling in the affected area. Individuals with hyporeflexia may also have difficulty with coordination and balance.


Diagnosis of hyporeflexia typically involves a physical exam to assess reflexes and muscle tone, as well as neurological testing, such as electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction studies. Imaging studies, such as MRI or CT scans, may also be used to evaluate for underlying structural abnormalities or damage to the nervous system.


Treatment of hyporeflexia depends on the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, addressing the underlying condition, such as correcting a vitamin deficiency or treating an infection, may improve reflexes and neurological function. Physical therapy may also be recommended to improve muscle strength and coordination. In severe cases, medications or surgery may be necessary to address nerve damage or structural abnormalities.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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