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The Wimberger sign, also called Wimberger corner sign, refers to localized bilateral metaphyseal destruction of the medial proximal tibias. It is a pathognomonic sign of congenital syphilis.
The term must not be mistaken for the Wimberger ring sign seen in scurvy, as both entities are often confusingly referred to as Wimberger sign.
History and etymology
Both eponymous signs were named for Hans Wimberger (1887-1954) 5,6, an Austrian pediatrician. During his lifetime he was mistakenly assumed to be a radiologist on several occasions, including in learned journals, due to his expertise at reading pediatric radiographs. However, he had no formal training in radiology 5.
Several texts and published articles erroneously credit the sign to "Heinrich Wimberger, German radiologist" 5.
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- 2. Sharma M, Solanki RN, Gupta A, Shah AK. Different radiological presentations of congenital syphilis : four cases. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2005;15:53-7.
- 3. Donnelly LF. Pediatric Imaging. Saunders. (2009), p. 171. ISBN:1416059075. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon
- 4. Vashisht D, Baveja S. Eponyms in syphilis. Indian J Sex Transm Dis. 2015;36 (2): 226-9. Free text at pubmed - Pubmed citation
- 5. Z. V. Maizlin. Wonders of Radiology. (2010) ISBN: 9781449976453
- 6. Wimberger H. Klinisch-radiologische Diagnostik v. Rachitis, Scorbut u. Lues im Kindesalter. Ergebn. d. inner. Med. u. Kinderheilkunde. 1925;28:264.