Galant reflex is a primitive reflex. It is elicited by holding the newborn in ventral suspension (face down) and stroking along the one side of the spine. The normal reaction is for the newborn to laterally flex toward the stimulated side.
This is one of the reflexes tested in newborns to help rule out brain damage at birth.
Nervous system physiology: neurophysiology - reflex
|Cranial nerve||midbrain: Pupillary light reflex - Accommodation reflex|
pons/medulla: Jaw jerk reflex - Corneal reflex - Caloric reflex test/Vestibulo-ocular reflex - Gag reflex
|Tendon reflexes||upper limb: Biceps reflex - Brachioradialis reflex - Extensor digitorum reflex - Triceps reflex|
lower limb: Patellar reflex - Ankle jerk reflex - Plantar reflex
|Primitive reflexes||Galant - Grasp - Moro - Rooting - Stepping - Sucking - Tonic neck|
|Other||Baroreflex - Acoustic reflex - H-reflex - Oculocardiac reflex - Stretch reflex - Startle reaction - Optokinetic - Withdrawal reflex - Crossed extensor reflex|
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