Durkan Test

Durkan Test or as it called the carpal compression test is used to test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome…
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 Durkan Test

What is Durkan Test?

  • Durkan Test or as it called the carpal compression test is used to test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome where the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel.

How it's Performed?

  • The examiner apply a direct compression to the median nerve (on the palmar side of the wrist) for 30 seconds with his thumbs or with an atomizer bulb attached to a manometer.

What does a positive Durkan Test mean?

  • The test is considered positive if the patient have symptoms of numbness, pain, or paresthesia in the median nerve distribution.

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 87 %
  • Specificity: 96 %


  • The median nerve innervates the skin of the palmar (volar) side of the index finger, thumb, middle finger, and half the ring finger, and the nail bed.


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