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Any morbid phenomenon or departure from the normal in function, appearance or sensation, experienced by a patient (symptom) or examiner (sign) & indicative of disease.



Attributes of a symptom:

  • location, including radiation
  • quality
  • quantity or severity
  • timing
    • when did/does it start?
    • how long has it last?
    • how often does it occur?
  • setting in which it occurs
    • environmental factors
    • personal activities
    • emotional reactions
    • other contributing circumstances
  • exacerbating or alleviating factors
  • associated manifestations


  • 75% of patients report improvement within 1 month[2]
  • also see specific etiology

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  1. Guide to Physical Examination & History Taking, 6th edition, Bates B, JB Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1995, pg 14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP) 15, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia 2009
  3. Symptoms and Manifestations