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Egawas Sign

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Other Names

  • Egawas Sign
  • Egawa's Sign


Demonstration of Egawa's Sign[1]
  • Evaluate the Ulnar Nerve as a cause of the patients symptoms
  • First described by Pitres and Testut in 1925[2]


  • Stabilize the dorsal hand against a wall
  • Examiner then asks the patient to flex the middle finger metacarpal phalangeal joint and then to abduct it to both sides.
  • This can be difficult
  • Compare to the unaffected side
  • Positive test
    • Inability to perform this action as compared with uninvolved side



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Goldman, Sarah B., et al. "A review of clinical tests and signs for the assessment of ulnar neuropathy." Journal of hand Therapy 22.3 (2009): 209-220.
  2. Mannerfelt, Lennart. "Studies on the hand in ulnar nerve paralysis: a clinical-experimental investigation in normal and anomalous innervation." Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica 37.sup87 (1966): 3-176.
Created by:
John Kiel on 27 April 2023 10:25:07
Last edited:
27 April 2023 10:30:29