Table 217.5Clues to Disease from Posture and Decubitus

Parkinsonian rigidity
Hemiplegic posture in cerebrovascular disease; flexor hypertonia in upper limb with extensor hypertonia in lower limb
Cerebellar posture
Opisthotonos of meningitis
Flailing in bed with renal colic; very still in bed with peritonitis
Darting glances, fidgety patient who is excessively nervous
Tonic distortions in dystonia musculorum
Chorea of Huntington or rheumatic fever; torticollis

From: Chapter 217, General Appearance

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Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors.
Boston: Butterworths; 1990.
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