Romberg's sign


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Romberg's sign

A tendency to sway or fall while standing upright with the feet together, the arms stretched out and the eyes closed. A positive Romberg's sign suggests disease of the balancing mechanism in the inner ear or of its nerve connections or a loss of sensory information about the position of the legs (proprioception), usually from disease of the sensory tracts in the spinal cord. (Moritz Heinrich von Romberg, 1795–1873, German physician).