Download PDFPDF

Trousseau's sign at the emergency department
Compose Response

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Author Information
First or given name, e.g. 'Peter'.
Your last, or family, name, e.g. 'MacMoody'.
Your email address, e.g.
Your role and/or occupation, e.g. 'Orthopedic Surgeon'.
Your organization or institution (if applicable), e.g. 'Royal Free Hospital'.
Statement of Competing Interests


  • Responses are moderated before posting and publication is at the absolute discretion of BMJ, however they are not peer-reviewed
  • Once published, you will not have the right to remove or edit your response. Removal or editing of responses is at BMJ's absolute discretion
  • If patients could recognise themselves, or anyone else could recognise a patient from your description, please obtain the patient's written consent to publication and send them to the editorial office before submitting your response [Patient consent forms]
  • By submitting this response you are agreeing to our full [Response terms and requirements]

Vertical Tabs

Other responses

Jump to comment:

  • Published on:
    Trousseau's sign at the emergency department

    The Trousseau's sign as described here is usually indicative of Hypocalcemia as was evident in this patient. However its sensitivity as well as specificity may not be that high as referred in the case report. It can be induced by hyperventilation leading to respiratory alkalosis even in so called normal healthy persons. This patient did have hypocalcemia as well as hypomagnesemia and hypokalemia in addition all probab...

    Show More
    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.