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Valsalva Maneuver

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Other Names

  • Valsalva Test
  • Valsalva Maneuver

Purpose

  • A forced exhalation event designed to increase intrathoracic pressure

Description

  • Patient is asked to take a deep inhalation
  • They can then close their breath and perform a forced exhalation to exhaustion
  • Positive test
    • Resolution/ improvement in radicular symptoms

Pathology


Evidence

Cervical Radiculopathy

  • Rubinstein et al[1]
    • Sensitivity: 22%
    • Specificity: 94%

See Also


References

  1. Rubinstein SM, Pool JJ, van Tulder MW, et al. A systematic review of the diagnostic accuracy of provocative tests of the neck for diagnosing cervical radiculopathy. Eur Spine J. 2007;16:307–19.
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John Kiel on 23 April 2020 12:50:37
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