Nuchal rigidity

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Nuchal rigidity

We perform neck anteflexion on a patient lying on his back. It is therefore a passive movement. If the sign is positive, anteflexion cannot be performed due to muscle resistance and pain provocation. Opposition is measured by the number of fingers that fit in the space between the chin and sternum. [1]

The symptom is usually positive for example in meningitis or subarachnoid hemorrhage.[2]

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  1. ROTH, Jan – FIALA, Ondřej – RŮŽIČKA, Evžen. Neurologické vyšetření - norma [online]. [cit. 2012-11-22]. <>.
  2. LONGMORE, J. M. (J. Murray). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. 8. edition. Oxford : Oxford university press, 2010. 0 pp. ISBN 9780199232178.