Rosenbach sign (eye)

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 4 Aug 2021

The Rosenbach sign of the eyes is a clinical sign of Graves disease. It consists of fine tremors of the eyelids when gently closed 1,2.

History and etymology

Ottomar Ernst Felix Rosenbach (1851-1907), a German physician born in Prussian County in Silesia, graduated from medicine in Breslau in 1874 3. He moved to the city of Berlin in 1896, where he continued to pursue his medical practice and scientific activities, publishing numerous papers, monographs, and books across a broad scope of medicine 3. Dr Rosenbach described his eponymous ocular sign in 1880.

See also

Rosenbach gave his name to two other clinical signs:

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