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Naffziger's test

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1. Pressure on the jugular vein results in increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure and may cause pain in the case of a herniated disc.

2. Pressure on the scalenus anticus muscle at the base of the neck causes tingling in the hand in the scalenus anticus syndrome.


  • H. C. Naffziger, O. W. Jones:
    Dermoid tumors of the spinal cord.
    Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Chicago, 1935, 33: 941-958.

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