squeeze test for synovitis

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Squeeze test:

  • synovitis can be difficult to detect by examination
  • the squeeze test is a useful clinical test to determine subtle synovitis that is not palpable and can be performed at the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) or metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joints
    • tenderness elicited with a gentle squeeze is suggestive of synovitis

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  • 1) ARC (Autumn 2012). Hands On - The approach to the patient presenting with multiple joint pain; 7(1):1-12.

Last reviewed 01/2018