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Elbow Extension Test

Aka: Elbow Extension Test
  1. Indications
    1. Elbow Trauma
  2. Technique
    1. Patient asked to fully extend elbow
  3. Interpretation
    1. Inability to extend elbow suggests need for Elbow XRay
    2. Ability to fully extend elbow is reassuring
      1. XRay not needed unless other indications
  4. Efficacy
    1. Test Sensitivity: 97% (Negative Predictive Value: 98%)
    2. Test Specificity: 69% (Positive Predictive Value: 63%)
  5. References
    1. Docherty (2002) South Med J 95:539-41 [PubMed]

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