Lhermitte sign (spinal cord)

Lhermitte sign is a clinical finding that is typically seen with multiple sclerosis (MS) but can also be seen in other entities which affect the dorsal columns of the spinal cord:

It is characterised by an electrical shock sensation running down the spine and into the limbs which occurs during neck flexion.

History and etymology

It is named after Jacques Jean Lhermitte, French neurologist and neuropsychiatrist, (1877-1959).

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rID: 5641
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Lhermitte's sign

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