Howship–Romberg sign

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.


  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.

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