nuchal rigidity


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Related to nuchal rigidity: Kernig's sign, Brudzinski sign

nuchal rigidity

[′nü·kəl ri′jid·əd·ē]
(medicine)
Stiffness in the nape of the neck, often accompanied by pain and spasm on attempts to move the head; the most common sign of meningitis.
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Diagnostic Accuracy of Classic Signs of Meningitis in 297 Patients Sensitivity Specificity PPV (*) NPV (**) Kernig's sign 5% 95% 27% 72% Brudzinski's sign 5% 95% 27% 72% Nuchal rigidity 30% 68% 26% 73% (*)Positive predictive value.
Grade 0 Unruptured aneurysm Grade 1 Asymptomatic or mild headache and slight nuchal rigidity Grade 2 Mild bleeding -- moderate to severe headache, nuchal rigidity and cranial nerve palsy Grade 3 Moderate bleeding -- patient is lethargic with headache or nuchal rigidity, no hemispheric neurological signs.
Physical examination showed impaired consciousness, nuchal rigidity, and a temperature of 39.
9[degrees]C, nuchal rigidity, headache, and general malaise.
On physical examination, he was somnolent but fully oriented, with no focal findings on neurologic examination and only slight nuchal rigidity.
Nuchal rigidity was present, and hyperreflexia was demonstrated in both upper limbs, although lower limb reflexes were normal.
On admission, physical examination documented fever, vomiting, encephalopathy, nuchal rigidity, and a bilateral rash on the lower extremities.
Symptoms and signs that suggested CNS involvement were common: nuchal rigidity was present in 28.
8%) Serology (14/26, 54%) 1950 (7) Nuchal rigidity None Virus isolate ("a few cases") (9/50, 18%) Serology (18/24, 75%) 1950-53 (8) Meningitis None NA (1/400, 0.