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  1. Lhermittes sign(Noun)

    Electric sensations of the spine and limbs induced by flexing the neck forward.


  1. Lhermitte's sign

    Lhermitte's sign or the Lhermitte sign, sometimes called the barber chair phenomenon, is an electrical sensation that runs down the back and into the limbs. In many patients, it is elicited by bending the head forward. It can also be evoked when a practitioner pounds on the posterior cervical spine while the neck is flexed; this is caused by involvement of the posterior columns. Lhermitte's sign is named for French neurologist Jean Lhermitte.

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