Phalen test

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 test

A maneuver used in the physical diagnosis of carpal tunnel symptoms. The patient is asked to flex the wrists while keeping the fingers extended, typically by placing the dorsa of the wrists together. The test is positive (suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome) when wrist flexion produces numbness in the distribution of the median nerve. The accuracy of the test is limited. Also known as Phalen's sign.


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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In Phalen test, wrist is moved to the flexion position acutely as possible and the compression on the median nerve is increased and wrist is kept in the same position for a minute.
The usefulness of the Phalen test and the Hoffmann-Tinel sign in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.
In addition, tactile sensation, pain and temperature senses, cortical sensations using static and dynamic two-point discrimination tests, presence of thenar atrophy, Tinel sign and Phalen test, hand dexterity, grip strength, functionality of the hand and health-related quality of life were evaluated.