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Trousseau's phenomenon

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Carpal spasms and paraesthesia produced by pressure upon nerves and vessels of the upper arm sufficient to stop the circulation. The result is a sudden contraction of the fingers and hand into the so-called obstetrical position. It is indicative of latent tetany. Also occurs in osteomalacia.


  • A. Trousseau:
    Clinique médicale de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Paris. Paris, 1861. Volume 2: 112-114.

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