a test for thoracic outlet syndrome; the patient is seated, with head extended and turned to the side of the lesion; with deep inspiration there is a diminution or total loss of radial pulse on the affected side. Not all patients with a positive result to Adson test have thoracic outlet syndrome.
Synonym(s): Adson maneuver
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Adson TestA 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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Ad·son test(ad'sŏn test)
A measurement of thoracic outlet syndrome; the patient is seated, with head extended and turned to the side of the lesion; with deep inspiration, there is a diminution or total loss of radial pulse on the affected side. Not all patients with a positive Adson test result have thoracic outlet syndrome.
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Adson,Alfred Washington, U.S. neurosurgeon, 1887-1951.
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Adson brain clip
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Adson brain forceps
Adson brain hook
Adson brain retractor
Adson brain suction tip
Adson brain suction tube
Adson cerebellar retractor
Adson cranial rongeur
Adson drainage cannula
Adson dural hook
Adson dural knife
Adson dural protector
Adson Gigli saw
Adson Gigli-saw guide
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.
Brown-Adson forceps - see under Brown, James
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