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Gowers' sign

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A clinical sign of muscular dystrophy in childhood, evidenced through observation of children’s use of their arms to push themselves erect by moving their hands up their thighs. This permits assuming the standing position from one of kneeling. The patient is unable to stand from a sitting position with the arms outstretched.


  • W. R. Gowers:
    A manual of the nervous system.
    Philadelphia; 2nd edition, volume 1, 1895.

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