Adson's maneuver

Adson's maneuver

Etymology: Alfred W. Adson
a test for thoracic outlet syndrome. It is performed with the patient sitting with hands on the thighs. The examiner palpates both radial pulses as the patient takes a deep breath and holds it while extending the neck and turning the head toward the affected side. If the radial pulse on the affected side is significantly diminished or there is numbness or tingling in the hand, the result is regarded as positive.
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A positive Adson's maneuver is consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome, a Tinel's or Phalen's sign at the wrist suggests carpal tunnel syndrome, or Tinel's sign at the elbow suggests ulnar neuropathy.
Adson's maneuver test is administered by the examiner holding the arm in extension as the patient holds a deep breath and rotates the head towards the affected side.