doll's head maneuver

doll's head maneuver

a test for central nervous system brainstem damage in a comatose patient. The head is quickly rotated from side to side. Normally the eyes deviate to the opposite direction. Failure of the eyes to make the movement is an indication of severe brainstem damage.

doll's head ma·neu·ver

(dolz hed mă-nū'vĕr)
A test to assess damage to the central nervous system in a patient with coma; failure of the eyes to deviate when the head is turned side to side indicates damage to brainstem.