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Assess if gait disturbance is due to weakness of hip abductors.

Performing the Test

  1. With the patient standing, ask them to stand on one leg
  2. Positive test: indicated by elevation of the iliac crest/gluteal folds of the weight bearing leg or pelvic PSIS drop of the non-weightbearing leg
  3. Indicates weakness of hip abductors on weight bearing leg
  4. Sensitivity: 73%, Specificity: 77%
  5. LR+ =3.15, LR- =0.35

References

  1. Baxter S, ed., McScheffrey G, ed. Toronto Notes: Comprehensive Medical Reference & Review for MCCQE 1 & USMLE 2. 26th ed. Toronto: Toronto Notes for Medical Students Inc; 2010.
  2. Hurley K. OSCE and Clinical Skills Handbook. Halifax: Elsevier Canada; 2005.