Lazarus sign


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Lazarus sign

(laz′ă-rŭs)
[Person in St. John's Gospel]
Dramatic movements of the arms across the torso, which are occasionally observed in brain-dead patients after they have been disconnected from mechanical life support. These movements may be misinterpreted as signs of life, when in fact they are merely involuntary reflexes.

Lazarus,

the brother of Martha and Mary who was raised from the dead in the New Testament of the Bible.
Lazarus complex - psychological sequence observed in survivors of cardiac arrest. Synonym(s): Lazarus syndrome
Lazarus sign - spontaneous movement in patients who are brain dead or who have suffered spinal cord injury.
Lazarus syndrome - Synonym(s): Lazarus complex