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Gordon's reflex -Explained

Gordon's  reflex is a clinical sign in neurology which is elicited by squeezing the calf muscle that results in  extensor plantar reflex. This  is found in patients with pyramidal tract lesions, and is one of a number of Babinski-like responses.
The sign is named after Alfred Gordon  American neurologist, (1874-1953)
How to elicit Gordon reflex?
Standing on the right side of the patient examiner  squeeze the calf muscle of the patient from above downwards.
It results in  extensor plantar reflex ie  dorsiflexion of the great toe and fanning of the other toes

Clinical significance
  • An abnormal variation of Babinski's reflex, s. It is evidence of disease of the pyramidal tract.
  • These reflexes show a positive Babinski response when the reflexogenic area spreads up in the lower limb.
  • This reflex is  useful in eliciting the Babinski response when the patient is uncooperative or in those patients whose soles are extremely sensitive