Barlow Test

Barlow Test is used for  Developmental dysplasia of the hip in newborn.
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 Barlow Test

What is Barlow Test?

  • Barlow Test is used for  Developmental dysplasia of the hip in newborn.

How it's Performed?

  • The maneuver is easily performed by adducting the hip (bringing the thigh towards the midline) while applying pressure on the knee, directing the force posteriorly.

What does a positive Barlow Test mean?

  • If the hip is dislocatable — that is, if the hip can be popped out of socket with this maneuver — the test is considered positive.
  • The Ortolani maneuver is then used, to confirm the positive finding (i.e., that the hip actually dislocated).

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 66 %
  • Specificity: 95 %


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