Phalen maneuver


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Phalen maneuver

(fā'lĕn),
maneuver in which the wrist is maintained in volar flexion; paresthesia occurring in the distribution of the median nerve within 60 seconds may indicate carpal tunnel syndrome.

Pha·len ma·neu·ver

(fā'lĕn mă-nū'vĕr)
Procedure in which the wrist is maintained in volar flexion; paresthesia occurring in the distribution of the median nerve within 60 seconds may be indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Synonym(s): Phalen test.

Phalen,

George S., U.S. orthopedist, 1911–.
Phalen maneuver - a maneuver done to check for carpal tunnel abnormality. Synonym(s): Phalen sign; Phalen test
Phalen position
Phalen sign - Synonym(s): Phalen maneuver
Phalen test - Synonym(s): Phalen maneuver
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A positive Tinel's sign (shooting pain into the hand when the median nerve in the wrist is percussed), a positive Phalen maneuver (numbness or pain, usually within one minute of full wrist flexion), or thenar muscle wasting are highly indicative of CTS (compression of the median nerve at the transverse carpal ligament in the carpal tunnel).
Making the Dx: Perform the Phalen maneuver, Durkan's test
When employing the Phalen maneuver, be certain to have the patient flex his/her wrist to 90 degrees and to document the number of seconds it takes for numbness to present in the fingers.