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Hook of Hamate Pull Test

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Other Names

  • Hook of Hamate Pull Test



  • Examiner places the wrist in full ulnar deviation with the fingers flexed.
  • Examiner pulls on the ring and pinky finger with the patient resisting the pull.
  • Positive test
    • Pain in area of the hook of hamate +/- radiating through palm.



  • Wright, Thomas W et al.[1]
    • Sensitivity: "highly sensitive" with an n=5

See Also


  1. Wright, Thomas W et al. “Hook of hamate pull test.” The Journal of hand surgery vol. 35,11 (2010): 1887-9. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2010.08.024.
Created by:
Brent Fowler, DO on 26 September 2023 17:12:17
Last edited:
5 October 2023 01:16:36