Watson Test (Scaphoid Shift Test)

 Watson Test (Scaphoid Shift Test)

What is Watson Test (Scaphoid Shift Test)?

  • Watson Test (Scaphoid Shift Test) is used to test for Scapholunate ligament tear

How it's Performed?

  • Examiner places thumb on distal pole of scaphoid on palmar side of wrist and applies constant pressure as the wrist is radially and ulnarly deviated

What does a positive Watson Test (Scaphoid Shift Test) mean?

  • Dorsal wrist pain or “clunk” may indicate instability

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 69 %
  • Specificity: 66 %

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