Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Winterbottom Sign

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4297-1

Palpable swelling of the skin of the lateral/posterior region of the neck as first sign of an infection with stages of Trypanosomabrucei rhodesiense or T.b. gambiense. This swelling is the result of the infection of the lymph nodes in this region. This symptoms name honors the English physician Thomas Masterman Winterbottom (1765–1859), who first described this symptom in human cases of trypanosomiasis.


Lymph Node Human Case Trypanosoma Brucei English Physician Trypanosoma Brucei Rhodesiense 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany