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J Laryngol Otol. 1980 Dec;94(12):1401-4.

Romberg and his test.


In the eponymous test described by Romberg in 1846, the erect patient is asked to close his eyes. If he falls, the test is positive and indicates the presence of a dorsal column lesion. Slight modifications have been described in the test but in all cases, great care must be taken to do it carefully. The test compares the stability of eye-opening with that of eye-closure. A positive test does not indicate vestibular or cerebellar disease.

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