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Which finding would indicate the presence of this sign? The mother brings a child to the health care clinic because of severe headache and vomiting. During the assessment of the health care nurse, the temperature of the child is 40 degrees Celsius, and the nurse notes the presence of nuchal rigidity. The nurse is suspecting that the child might be suffering from bacterial meningitis. The nurse continues to assess the child for the presence of Kernig’s sign.



A. Flexion of the hips when the neck is flexed from a lying position
B. Calf pain when the foot is dorsiflexed
C. The inability of the child to extend the legs fully when lying supine
D. Pain, when the chin is pulled down to the chest

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John Adney

John Adney

Answered Dec 10, 2017

I thought that Kernigs sign was the child wouldn't flex the legs ( knee ) due to the irritation of the meninges so the back would hurt. so the child tries to resist the flexion and extend the leg instead.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Feb 05, 2017

Inability of the child to extend the legs fully when lying supine

Kernigs sign is the inability of the child to extend the legs fully when lying supine. This sign is frequently present in bacterial meningitis. Nuchal rigidity is also present in bacterial meningitis and occurs when pain prevents the child from touching the chin to the chest.
 

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