varus stress test

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varus stress test

A test of ligament laxity, where a passive force is exerted on a joint that, in the presence of ligamentous insufficiency, would cause the lateral joint space to open, e.g., lateral collateral ligament of the knee and radial collateral ligament of the elbow.
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[L.] bent inward; denoting a deformity in which the angulation of the part is toward the midline of the body, as in coxa vara, genu varum.

varus stress test
adduction of the tibia while the femur is in a fixed position tests the integrity of the lateral collateral ligaments of the stifle.
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