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a maneuver performed by a patient with weak knee and thigh flexors on changing from the sitting to the standing position; consists of first flexing the trunk at the hips, then placing the hands on the knees, and then extending the trunk by using the hands to walk up the legs; identified principally with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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A clinical sign of muscular dystrophy in childhood, indicative of weakness of the hip and knee extensors.
See also: Gowers, Sir William Richard
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