Kernig's sign


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Related to Kernig's sign: Brudzinski's sign, Murphy's sign

Kernig's sign

[′kər·nigz ‚sin]
(medicine)
In meningeal irritation, with the patient lying face up and the thigh flexed at the hip, the pain and spasm of the hamstring muscles when an attempt is made to completely extend the leg at the knee.
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Meningeal signs, such as Kernig's sign and Brudsinski's sign, as well as rigidity of occipital muscles were negative.
Spinal irritation associated with meningitis is evident as a positive Kernig's sign.
including lifelong otorrhea, profuse watery discharge, glucose and protein in ear fluid, drowsiness, headache, fever, disorientation, seizures, Kernig's sign, papilledema, meningitis, abscesses (mastoid, cerebellar, and Bezold's), sigmoid sinus thrombosis, otitic hydrocephalus, cholesteatoma, and fistulas (via the sinus plate, dura, round and oval windows, and horizontal and superior semicircular canals).
Meningeal signs, such as nuchal rigidity, positive Kernig's sign, or Brudzinski's sign, may also be noted (Greenberg, 2001).