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1. spontaneous peripheral venous thrombosis, suggestive of visceral carcinoma, especially carcinoma of the lung or gastrointestinal tract.
2. a sign for tetany in which carpal spasm can be elicited by compressing the upper arm and causing ischemia to the nerves distally. See illustration.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Trousseau's signA sign of latent TETANY. A SPHYGMOMANOMETER cuff is applied to the upper arm and inflated. Within 4 minutes the forearm muscles go into spasm. (Armand Trousseau, 1801–67, French physician).
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