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Durkans Test

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Other Names

  • Durkan's Test
  • Durkin's Test
  • Median Nerve Compression Test
  • Carpal Tunnel Compression Test


Durkans Test
Clinical demonstration of Durkan's test[1]
  • Apply compression to Median Nerve to evaluate as etiology patients symptoms


  • Patient is seated or standing
  • Apply sufficient pressure over the carpal tunnel to cause skin blanching (≥30 sec)
  • Positive test:
    • Recreation of pain or paresthesias



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Gonzalez et al[2]
    • Sensitivity: 87%
    • Specificity: 95%

See Also


  1. Zhang, Dafang, et al. "Accuracy of Provocative Tests for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online 2.3 (2020): 121-125.
  2. GONZÁLEZ DEL PINO, J., DELGADO-MARTÍNEZ, A. D., GONZÁLEZ GONZÁLEZ, I., & LOVIC, A. (1997). Value of the Carpal Compression Test in the Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Journal of Hand Surgery, 22(1), 38–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0266-7681(97)80012-5
Created by:
John Kiel on 16 July 2019 19:31:49
Last edited:
17 April 2023 21:24:49