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Edens Test

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Other Names

  • Costoclavicular Test
  • Military Brace Test
  • Eden’s Test


Illustration of Eden's Test[1]
  • To evaluate for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • This test was first described in service members who wore a heavy ruck sack for a long period of time


  • Patient is standing, examiner behind patient
  • Examiner palpates radial pulse and applies downward traction at the shoulder
  • Simultaneously, the patient "stands at attention", engaging their chest
  • Positive Test:
    • Change in pulse intensity
    • Increase in neurological symptoms on affected side


  • The patient is seated
  • The patient is asked to retract shoulders posteriorly, depress shoulders inferiorly
  • Patient then 'protrudes' chest anteriorly for up to 1 minute
  • Examiner palpates radial pulse of affected limb
  • Positive test
    • Reduction or obliteration of radial pulse due
    • Worsening symptoms



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Aisu, Yuki, et al. "Brachial plexus paralysis after thoracoscopic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer in the prone position: a thought-provoking case report of an unexpected complication." International Journal of Surgery Case Reports 55 (2019): 11-14.
Created by:
John Kiel on 23 July 2019 23:40:39
Last edited:
28 March 2023 14:15:03