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.
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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
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