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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Depressed with this Throckmorton's Sign?
Throckmortons's sign: position of the penis in relation to unilateral disease. Throckmorton's sign is a slang term used jokingly by medical professionals. A positive "Throckmorton" sign is when the patient's penis lies to or points to the side of the body wherein lies the abnormality on a plain X-ray of the Pelvis -A 45 year old male presented with hip pain after trying to kill himself by jumping from a balcony. He said he wanted to die because he was depressed. This xray, though, makes me wonder why he was so depressed. He has a huge throckmorton's sign. You think he would be getting lots of love. This is the first throckmorton's sign I have seen that couldn't even fit on the whole xray. Besides his broken heart, there were no fractures. He was sent to psych to see why he would be so sad with such a huge schlong.