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September 1954

STATISTICAL CONTROL STUDIES IN NEUROLOGYV. The Rossolimo Sign

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Neuropsychiatric Service of the Morrisania City Hospital.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;72(3):365-374. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02330030099012
Abstract

IN VIEW of the divergent opinions expressed as to both the frequency and the value of the Rossolimo sign, we studied several control groups to determine the incidence and possible significance of this sign.

Markow1 examined 700 clinically well people; no typical Rossolimo sign was found; in 4 the Babinski and in 5 the Oppenheim sign was elicited. Szebesta * found the Rossolimo sign in 13 of 400 aviation candidates; 2 of them had syphilis, and 4 probably had multiple sclerosis. Goldflam2 found the sign absent in "thousands of people"; those that had a positive sign had latent diseases, especially multiple sclerosis. Weingrow3 examined 76 patients without involvement of the central nervous system and stated that the Rossolimo sign can be found in normal persons with hyperactive reflexes. Finkelstein and Kaczyński4 examined 1,000 patients in the surgical, medical, and gynecologic wards. The Rossolimo sign was observed in

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