Adson, Alfred Washington

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Adson, Alfred Washington

U.S. neurosurgeon, 1887–1951.

Adson maneuver

A test for thoracic outlet compression syndrome. The patient's arm is moved back into extension and external rotation with the elbow extended and forearm supinated. The radial pulse is palpated while the patient is asked to tuck the chin, side-bend the head toward the opposite side, and rotate the chin toward the side of the extended arm. The patient is then asked to inhale. A positive sign of numbness or tingling in the hand or diminished pulse indicates the brachial plexus or blood vessels are compromised at the site of the scalene muscle.

Adson forceps

A surgical forceps used primarily for grasping skin.
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Alfred Washington, U.S. neurosurgeon, 1887-1951.
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Adson brain retractor
Adson brain suction tip
Adson brain suction tube
Adson cerebellar retractor
Adson cranial rongeur
Adson drainage cannula
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Adson dural knife
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Adson Gigli saw
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Adson head rest
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Adson microbipolar forceps
Adson microdressing forceps
Adson microtissue forceps
Adson procedure - Synonym(s): Adson test
Adson scalp clip
Adson scalp clip-applying forceps
Adson syndrome - (1) thoracic outlet syndrome. Synonym(s): Naffziger syndrome; - (2) cerebral sphingolipidosis.
Adson test - a test for thoracic outlet syndrome. Synonym(s): Adson maneuver; Adson procedure
Brown-Adson forceps - see under Brown, James
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