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Rent Test

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Other Names

  • Rent Sign Test
  • Rent Sign
  • Transdeltoid Palpation

Purpose


Description

  • The patient is seated, arms relaxed with examiner behind patient
  • Examiner palpates acromion with one hand while flexing the patients elbow with the other hand
  • The examiner passively extends the shoulder while slowly rotating into external and internal rotation
  • Positive Test:
    • Prominent greater tuberosity with depression

Pathology


Evidence

Rotator Cuff Tear

  • Lyons et al[1], Wolfe et al[2]
    • Sensitivity: 91% - 96%
    • Specificity: 75% - 97%
    • LR+: 3.642 - 323
    • LR-: 0.043 - 0.122

See Also


References

  1. Lyons AR, Tomlinson JE. Clinical diagnosis of tears of the rotator cuff. J Bone Joint Surg Br.1992; 74:414-415.
  2. Wolf EM, Agrawal V. Transdeltoid palpation(the rent test) in the diagnosis of rotator cuff tears. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2001; 10: 470-473.
Created by:
John Kiel on 8 August 2019 23:13:04
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15 May 2023 10:38:32
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