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In the diagnosis of functional weakness and sensory disturbance, positive physical signs are as important as absence of signs of disease. Motor signs, particularly Hoover's sign, are more reliable than sensory signs, but none should be used in isolation and must be interpreted in the overall context of the presentation. It should be borne in mind that a patient may have both a functional and an organic disorder

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry

Publication Date

01/09/2002

Volume

73

Pages

241 - 245

Keywords

diagnosis, disease, functional, organic, physical signs, signs