Howship–Romberg sign

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Howship–Romberg sign is a sign used to identify obturator hernia.[1][2] The sign is inner thigh pain on internal rotation of the hip. It can be caused by an obturator hernia.[3]

It is named for John Howship and Moritz Heinrich Romberg.[4][5][6]

It should not be confused with Romberg sign which is a neurological test.


  1. ^ Haraguchi M, Matsuo S, Kanetaka K, et al. (June 2007). "Obturator hernia in an ageing society" (PDF). Ann. Acad. Med. Singap. 36 (6): 413–5. PMID 17597966. 
  2. ^ "Photo Quiz - April 1, 1999 - American Academy of Family Physicians". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  3. ^ Yamashita K, Hayashi J, Tsunoda T (June 2004). "Howship-Romberg sign caused by an obturator hernia". Am. J. Surg. 187 (6): 775–6. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2003.10.020. PMID 15191874. 
  4. ^ synd/1579 at Who Named It?
  5. ^ J. Howship. Practical Remarks on the Discrimination and Appearance of Surgical Disease. London, Churchill, 1840.
  6. ^ M. H. von Romberg. Pathologie und Therapie der Senisbilitäts- und Motilitätsneurosen. 1857. 3rd edition (unfinished) of Romberg’s Lehrbuch der Nervenkrankheiten des Menschen, page 89.