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Upper Limb Neuro
 
 

Phalen's Test

 
 
 
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Overview

  • Test For

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve compression)
  • How to Perform

  • Ask the patient to forcibly flex their wrists into a reverse prayer position for 30-60 seconds.
  • Abnormal If

  • Symptoms are reproduced, such as burning, tingling or numbness.
  • Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Mechanical - repeated movements, sustained positions
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Amyloidosis
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Multiple myeloma
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