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Trousseau's sign at the emergency department
  1. Bas C T van Bussel,
  2. Richard P Koopmans
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bas C T van Bussel, bas.van.bussel{at}

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A 83-year-old woman presented with malaise, diarrhoea and cramps and tingling in arms and legs. Her medical history noted hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, arthrosis of her knee and treatment of an upper airway tract infection with antibiotics 1 month ago.

Physical examination revealed a clear Trousseau's sign (video 1), which is a carpopedal spasm induced by ischaemia through inflation of a sphygmomanometer cuff …

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