Decerebrate State
(Rigidity, Decerebrate; Decerebrate Posturing; Decorticate Rigidity; Decorticate State; Rigidity, Decorticate)

A condition characterized by abnormal posturing of the limbs that is associated with injury to the brainstem. This may occur as a clinical manifestation or induced experimentally in animals. The extensor reflexes are exaggerated leading to rigid extension of the limbs accompanied by hyperreflexia and opisthotonus. This condition is usually caused by lesions which occur in the region of the brainstem that lies between the red nuclei and the vestibular nuclei. In contrast, decorticate rigidity is characterized by flexion of the elbows and wrists with extension of the legs and feet. The causative lesion for this condition is located above the red nuclei and usually consists of diffuse cerebral damage. (From Adams et al., Principles of neurology, 6th ed, p358)


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Bilateral <b>decerebrate</b>
Bilateral decerebrate

<b>decerebrate state</b> under
decerebrate state under

(B) Symmetric <b>decerebrate</b>
(B) Symmetric decerebrate

<b>state</b> for the last 30 s.
state for the last 30 s.

<b>decerebrate</b> posturing; lesions
decerebrate posturing; lesions

The effect of <b>decerebrate</b>
The effect of decerebrate

MR Findings of <b>Decerebrate</b>
MR Findings of Decerebrate

<b>Decerebrate</b> posturing with the
Decerebrate posturing with the

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