Gowers sign

What is Gowers sign? 

Gowers sign describes the maneuver of rising from a supine position in the presence of marked proximal weakness.

In order to rise to standing, the patient rolls to a prone position, pushes off the floor, locks the knees, and pushes the upper body upward by “climbing up” the legs with the hands.

Although this sign is usually seen in children with myopathies, it may be present in any patient with marked proximal weakness.

A patient attempts to rise from a seated position by climbing up his legs with his hands. It is seen in patients with proximal lower extremity muscular weakness due to myopathy.


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