Kerr's sign

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Kerr's sign
Differential diagnosisspinal cord lesion

Kerr's sign is a dermatological sign characterized by a palpable change in skin texture inferior to the somatic level of a spinal cord lesion. The skin may feel stiff, dry, or tense.[1][2]


  1. Kerr WJ, Noble CA (October 1936). "New Sign Found in Transverse Lesions of Spinal Cord". Cal West Med. 45 (4): 346–7. PMC 1761390. PMID 18743832.
  2. Sontheimer RD (June 2004). "Skin manifestations of systemic autoimmune connective tissue disease: diagnostics and therapeutics". Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 18 (3): 429–62. doi:10.1016/j.berh.2004.03.003. PMID 15158749.