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Spooning or choreic hand is flexion and dorsal arching of the wrists and hyperextension of the fingers when the hands are extended sideways palms down.[1][2]

Spooning is a recognized clinical sign in pediatric neurology during standard evaluation of the posture with extended arms. Spooning is often observed in children up to the age of 5.[3]

In older ages it is a clinical sign seen in children with chorea.


  1. ^ William W Campbell (2005) "DeJong's The Neurologic Examination", ISBN 0-7817-2767-7
  2. ^ Pasquale J. Accardo, Barbara Y. Whitman (2002) "Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology", ISBN 1-55766-594-X, p. 80
  3. ^ Rohhytnald B. David (2005) "Child and Adolescent Neurology" ISBN 1-4051-1767-2