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Hand & Wrist Exam
Hand & Wrist Exam

Peripheral Nerve Signs


Wrist Drop

    • Look For

    • Abnormal flexion of the wrist, due to inability to extend the joint.
    • Significance

    • A classical sign of radial nerve lesion.

Hand of Benediction

    • How to Elicit

    • Ask the patient to make a fist. Benediction hand is present if the patient is unable to flex the index and middle fingers.
    • Significance

    • A classical sign of median nerve lesion.

Claw Hand

    • Look For

    • Extension of the MCP joints and flexion of the IP joints of the ring and little fingers.
    • Significance

    • A classical sign of ulnar nerve lesion.
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