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.
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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.
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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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Phalen test were the most sensitive (71%, p=0.02) and the most specific (75.5%, p= 0.01) amongst the physical examination tests (Table 1).
Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is mainly clinically.5 Typical history and various clinical tests like Phalen test, Durken compression test and Tinel test are sufficient to make diagnosis.6 Anyhow its presence may be confirmed with various tests like Nerve conduction study and EMG1 These tests are useful to stage the degree of nerve compression and may therefore assist the surgeon and patient in anticipating the time needed for recovery of nerve function.
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The usefulness of the Phalen test and the Hoffmann-Tinel sign in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Provocative manoeuvres such as the Tinel sign (tapping over the carpal tunnel) or the Phalen test (flex the wrist as far as possible and holding that position for 60 seconds) are positive in the majority, but not all, of cases.
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.
(15) The control group included asymptomatic healthy subjects (hospital attendants, medical students and patient attendants) who had both negative results for Tinel and Phalen tests.