Hautant’s test is a cervical spine examination procedure that assesses for vertebrobasilar ischaemia. It is also a neurological procedure that checks for insufficient blood flow through the vertebral arteries.
Patient should be awake and cooperative for the Hautant’s test.
- Patient should be seated during the procedure.
- The patient flexes both shoulders at 90 degrees with elbows extended and wrist straight.
- The examiner tells the patient to close her eyes then rotate and extend the head to one side.
- The examiner assesses the patient for arm drift, vertigo, pre-syncope signs, visual changes and/or nausea.
Positive Hautant’s Test
There is positive Hautant’s test when there is arm drift, complaints of vertigo, visual changes and pre-syncope signs and the presence of nausea. These signs indicate possible vertebrobasilar ischaemia.
The Hautant’s Test may be used as a general screening procedure before cervical manipulation is done.