Bancroft's sign

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Bancroft's sign, also known as Moses' sign,[1] is a clinical sign found in patients with deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg involving the posterior tibial veins. The sign is positive if pain is elicited when the calf muscle is compressed forwards against the tibia, but not when the calf muscle is compressed from side to side.[2] Like other clinical signs for deep vein thrombosis, such as Homans sign and Lowenberg's sign, this sign is neither sensitive nor specific for the presence of thrombosis.[3]


  1. ^ MOSES WR (February 1946). "The early diagnosis of phlebothrombosis". N. Engl. J. Med. 234: 288–91. doi:10.1056/NEJM194602282340902. PMID 21016458. 
  2. ^ "Chapter 7: Clinical Assessment of Venous Disease". Venous and Lymphatic Diseases. Nicos Labropoulos, Gerard Stansby. Informa Health Care. 2006. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-8247-2923-3. 
  3. ^ "Chapter 18: History, Physical Examination, and Diagnostic Approach". Manual of Vascular Diseases. Sanjay Rajagopalan, Debabrata Mukherjee, Emile R. Mohler. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2004. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-7817-4499-7.