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14 Cards in this Set

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Tingling sensation in the distribution of the patient's median nerve from the wrist to the hand when the ventral aspect of the wrist is tapped by the index finger. A positive one may suggest carpal tunnel syndrome.
Tinel's sign
Trauma nurses will recognize the ecchymotic discoloration and swelling behind the ears near the mastoid process as this sign. It may indicate a basilar skull fracture.
Battle's sign
This sign may indicate the presence of deep vein thrombosis. It's positive when a patient complains of pain in the calf when his foot is passively dorsiflexed.
Homan's sign
Bluish discoloration around the umbilicus that may indicate internal bleeding (such as a ruptured ectopic pregnancy) or acute pancreatitis
Cullen's sign
This sign is positive if a facial twitch is elicited by tapping the facial nerve just anterior to the ear. It suggests hypocalcemia/tetany
Chvostek's sign
Sign evaluated by flexing the knee and hip while the patient lies down and then tries to straighten his knee. Pain and resistance to extending the knee is a positive sign and, when bilateral, may indicate meningitis.
Kernig's sign
A sign that indicates possible splenic rupture should be familiar to emergency nurses. The patient will complain of abd pain radiating to the left shoulder when the foot of his bed is elevated.
Kehr's sign
Sign that may indicate hypocalcemia/tetany. It's elicited by inflating a blood pressure cuff on the upper arm. The test is positive if the hand and wrist begin to spasm within 2-5 minutes of cuff inflation.
Trousseau's sign
Deep palpation of the left lower abdominal quadrant with the increase in right lower quadrant pain may indicate appendicitis.
Rovsing's sign
This sign is positive when involuntary flexion of the hips and knees occurs with flexion of the patient's neck. It may indicate meningitis.
Brudzinski's sign
An indication of possible internal bleeding or pancreatitis, defined by ecchymotic discoloration of the flanks.
Grey Turner sign
This sign is elicited by the palpation of the gallbladder during deep inspiration with the subsequent sharp increase in tenderness and abrupt cessation of inspiratory effort. If positive, it may indicate acute cholecystitis
Murphy's sign
This sign is associated with pain in a dorsiflexed foot during a straight-leg raising test. Increased pain with foot dorsiflexion may suggest lower back pain or a herniated lumbar disk.
Lasegue's sign
Described as the rebound tenderness and sharp pain associated with the palpation of an area approximately midpoint in the lower right abdominal quadrant.
McBurney's sign