nuchal rigidity


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Related to nuchal rigidity: Kernig's sign, Brudzinski sign

nuchal rigidity

impaired neck flexion resulting from muscle spasm (not actual rigidity) of the extensor muscles of the neck; usually attributed to meningeal irritation.

nuchal rigidity

a resistance to flexion of the neck, a condition seen in patients with meningitis.

nu·chal ri·gid·i·ty

(nū'kăl ri-jid'i-tē)
Impaired neck flexion resulting from muscle spasm (not actual rigidity) of the extensor muscles of the neck; usually attributed to meningeal irritation.

nuchal rigidity

See NECK RIGIDITY.

nu·chal ri·gid·i·ty

(nū'kăl ri-jid'i-tē)
Impaired neck flexion due to muscle spasm (not actual rigidity) of the extensor muscles of the neck; usually attributed to meningeal irritation.
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By the next morning, his nuchal rigidity had resolved and the amount of pain with passive and active neck motion had decreased markedly.
As intracranial pressure (ICP) increases, patients develop vomiting, lethargy, headaches, and personality changes, as well as cranial nerve palsies and nuchal rigidity.
2 2 Moderate to Severe Headache, Nuchal Rigidity, and/or Visual Disturbances 34.
Hunt and Hess Grading Scheme * Grade Clinical Condition 0 Unruptured I Asymptomatic or minimal headache, nuchal rigidity II Moderate to severe headache, nuchal rigidity, no neurological deficit other than cranial nerve palsy III Drowsiness, confusion, mild focal deficit IV Stupor, moderate to severe hemiparesis, possible early decerebrate rigidity and vegetative disturbances V Deep coma, decerebrate rigidity, moribund appearance * Hunt & Hess, 1968; Ogilvy & Carter, 1998.
Kernig's sign, Brudzinski's sign, and nuchal rigidity have been written about and widely utilized in the clinical diagnosis of bacterial meningitis for more than 100 years, Dr.
Pertinent negative findings included the absence of nuchal rigidity on physical examination.
Cardiopulmonary and neurologic examination showed tachycardia and nuchal rigidity.
Other signs and symptoms that may appear are meningeal irritation characterized by Kerning's sign, Brudzinski's sign and nuchal rigidity, photosensitivity, abnormal extra ocular movements, facial droop, diplopia, aphasia/dysphasia, contralateral pronator drift and hemiparesis.
He had nuchal rigidity, dysmorphic facies, and oligodactyly.