Ortolani's test is used to detect the presence of a dislocated hip in CDH. A positive Ortolani's sign indicates a hip that is dislocated but reducible.
The procedure is as follows:
Ortolani's sign is the palpable sensation of the femoral head slipping into the acetabulum. Ortolani described the accompanying sound as a click; it is more often thought of as a clunk nowadays, although audibility is by no means an essential requirement. Restriction of abduction may indicate an irreducible dislocation.
Last reviewed 01/2018