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Brudzinski sign

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noun Brud·zin·ski sign \brü-ˈjin-skē-, brüd-ˈzin-\

Medical Definition of Brudzinski sign

  1. :  any of several symptoms of meningeal irritation occurring especially in meningitis; especially :  involuntary bending of the knees and hips of a supine patient caused by lifting the head of the patient so that the chin moves towards the chest



Biographical Note for brudzinski sign

Brudzinski, Josef (1874–1917), Polish physician. Brudzinski described in 1908 a sign of meningitis in which the passive flexion of one lower limb results in a contralateral reflex in the other. In 1909 he described another sign of meningitis: a bending of the neck results in flexure movements of the ankle, knee, and hip.

Variants of brudzinski sign

or Brudzinski's sign \-skē(z)-\play

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