Durkan Test or as it called the carpal compression test is used to test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome where the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel.
- The examiner apply a direct compression to the median nerve (on the palmar side of the wrist) for 30 seconds with his thumbs or with an atomizer bulb attached to a manometer.
- The test is considered positive if the patient have symptoms of numbness, pain, or paresthesia in the median nerve distribution.
Durkan Test Sensitivity & Specificity:
- Sensitivity: 87 %
- Specificity: 96 %
- The median nerve innervates the skin of the palmar (volar) side of the index finger, thumb, middle finger, and half the ring finger, and the nail bed.
- Google for Images
- Campbel's Operative Orthopaedics 13th Book