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Phalen's manoeuvre

Alternative eponyms

  • Phalen's test
  • Phalen's sign
  • Phalen's position

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A manoeuvre done to check for carpal tunnel abnormality.

Description

A manoeuvre done to check for carpal tunnel abnormality. The wrists are held in flexion for 60 seconds or less (if the patient begins to experience symptoms earlier) and the test is positive if it causes a reproduction of the patients symptoms (due to increased pressure in the tunnel caused by wrist flexion).

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