NCBI Bookshelf. Kernig sign is one of the eponymous clinical signs of meningitis. This resistance is thought to be due to meningeal inflammation in the setting of meningitis or other clinical entities that may irritate the meninges. Since its conception in the 19th century, the clinical value of Kernig sign has been more thoroughly explored. It remains a commonly performed maneuver in cases of suspected meningitis.
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Meningitis is a life-threatening medical emergency characterized by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding your spinal cord and brain. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of meningitis is important to prevent further complications.
There are additional signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect you have meningitis. Early symptoms will be similar to the flu, and they can develop over a matter of hours or even days. Symptoms include:. The Brudzinski sign is another way to diagnose meningitis. The Brudzinski sign was created by Josef Brudzinski, a Polish pediatrician. A third sign used to diagnose meningitis is called nuchal rigidity.
Nuchal rigidity is an inability to flex the neck forward due to rigidity of the neck muscles. Early and definitive detection is extremely important in the treatment of this condition. A lumbar puncture , also called a spinal tap, is a common and more effective way to diagnose a person with meningitis. Other diagnostic tools include CT imaging and blood cultures. Meningitis is an infection that can cause severe symptoms.
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Appraisal of Kernig's and Brudzinski's sign in meningitis
Meningitis is a life-threatening medical emergency characterized by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding your spinal cord and brain. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of meningitis is important to prevent further complications. There are additional signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect you have meningitis. Early symptoms will be similar to the flu, and they can develop over a matter of hours or even days. Symptoms include:. The Brudzinski sign is another way to diagnose meningitis.
How to Recognize Kernig’s Sign
Meningitis is a common life-threatening medical emergency caused by infectious and non-infectious agents. Rapid and accurate evaluation by history and clinical examination is helpful to guide further specific investigation and treatment. Kernig's sign, Brudzinski's sign, and nuchal rigidity are bedside diagnostic signs used to evaluate suspected cases of meningitis. The presence of meningeal irritation, however, is not pathognomonic for meningitis. Vladimir Mikhailovich Kernig , a Russian physician, described first meningeal sign, known as Kernig's sign. He was born in Lapaia, Latvia and received his medical education at the Russian University. He observed that many patients with meningitis had restriction in passive extension at the knee because of spasm of the hamstring muscles, and this was named as Kernig's sign and published in and