Wimberger sign

The Wimberger sign, also called Wimberger corner sign, refers to localized bilateral metaphyseal destruction of the medial proximal tibias. It is a pathognomonic sign for congenital syphilis.

It must not be mixed up with Wimberger ring sign seen in scurvy, which is sometimes also 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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Article information

rID: 21286
Section: Signs
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Wimberger's sign
  • Sign of Wimberger
  • Wimberger's corner sign

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