Adson's Maneuver

Adson Test

A clinical test for thoracic outlet syndrome which is based on a reduction or obliteration of the radial artery pulse with compression at the interscalene triangle.
Technique The examiner palpates the radial pulses of a seated patient whose hands are on his thighs. The patient then takes a deep breath, holds it, then hyperextends his neck, turning his head, first to one side, then the other; the side on which the radial pulse decreases or disappears—due to compression of the subclavian artery between the pectoralis minor and the chest wall—is the one affected by thoracic outlet syndrome.
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