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Dugas' test or sign

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A simple clinical test for dislocated shoulder. When the hand of the affected side is placed on the opposite shoulder the elbow cannot be made to touch the chest. In this case the injury is a dislocation and not a fracture of the humerus.


  • L. A. Dugas:
    Report on a new principle of diagnosis in dislocation of the shoulder joint.
    Transactions of the American Medical Association, Philadelphia, 1857, 10: 175-179.

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