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What is Lhermitte's sign?

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It lasts just a few seconds, but it can be startling: An intense burst of pain like an electric shock that runs down your back into your arms and legs when you move your neck. It’s called Lhermitte’s sign (commonly known as "barber chair sign"), and it’s often one of the symptoms that people mention when they’re first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

SOURCES:

White, F. , Xlibris, 2009. Physical Signs in Medicine and Surgery: An Atlas of Rare, Lost and Forgotten Physical Signs

Galey, T. , winter 2004. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

John Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Lhermitte’s Sign.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

SOURCES:

White, F. , Xlibris, 2009. Physical Signs in Medicine and Surgery: An Atlas of Rare, Lost and Forgotten Physical Signs

Galey, T. , winter 2004. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

John Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Lhermitte’s Sign.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

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