The other Babinski sign in hemifacial spasm.

Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.3). 08/2007; 69(4):402-4. DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000266389.52843.3b
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