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Upper motor neurons in the cerebral cortex control some upper motor neurons in the brain stem that control muscle tone. When this control is lost, the brain stem upper motor neurons become overactive and signal to increase muscle tone in the leg and arm muscles; upper motor neuron dysfunction also increases the sensitivity of tension-sensing structures in the muscles called muscle fiber spindles, so muscles also become more sensitive to passive stretching. Moreover, upper motor neuron dysfunction reduces the availability of a chemical called glutamate that sends excitatory messages to neurons.
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This reflex is triggered by the quick release that occurs after the joint at the tip of the middle finger is forcefully flexed. A reflex inward curling of the thumb on the same hand is a positive response. Tapping the belly of the middle finger tip can also elicit a similar thumb flexion (the Trömner sign). When these reflexes appear only on one side, they are always abnormal. However, in healthy young people bilateral positive reflexes may not be abnormal because they are not unusual in these individuals.