cardinal symptom


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car·di·nal symp·tom

the primary or major symptom of diagnostic importance.

car·di·nal symp·tom

(kahr'di-năl simp'tŏm)
The primary or major symptom of diagnostic importance.

cardinal symptom

A fundamental symptom of a disease.
See also: symptom
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Caption: FIGURE 4: Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve showing 100% sensitivity and 66.7% specificity of the Gastroparesis Cardinal Symptom Index (GCSI) at a cut-off value [less than or equal to]30 for predicting the clinical response of the patients.
To evaluate the responsiveness to treatment of gastroparesis in clinical trials, the Gastroparesis Cardinal Symptom Index-Daily Diary (GCSIDD) was developed and validated.
This study would establish a fact that turbidity of CSF is not the cardinal symptom for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.
However, when major loss of dopaminergic neuron function occurs in PD, more and more impulses are facilitated, leading to the four cardinal symptoms of PD: tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability (Jankovic, 2008).
"We put in a cardinal symptom that you cannot ignore, which is rectal bleeding.
Early CT may therefore be important in ruling out CRS as the cause of facial pain in those in whom this is the cardinal symptom.
The Gastroparesis Cardinal Symptom Index (GCSI) was used to measure symptom severity.
"Anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure in things normally rewarding, is a cardinal symptom of depression.
"We approach them because shame is a cardinal symptom. They don't come to us.
Diagnostic reevaluation of the case put BPD in the differential diagnoses because of mood lability, severe irritability as a cardinal symptom, lacking efficacy of methylphenidate, and increased frequency of episodes with stimulant treatment, Valproic acid 20 mg/kg/day was started.
Failure of involution of periumbical skin has been reported to be a cardinal symptom [Jorgensen et al., 1978].
a cardinal symptom of SAHS in the absence of diuretic therapy and excessive fluid intake or overload.