Naffzinger’s test is a cervical spine examination procedure that tests for nerve root compression wherein the intrathecal pressure and the intraspinal fluid pressure are increased by bilateral manual compression of the jugular veins. Pain found along the area where the peripheral nerve is distributed could indicate a lesion or mass along the cervical spine.
Patient should be awake and cooperative to during a Naffzinger’s test.
- Patient should be seated while this test being done.
- The examiner is at the patient’s back and applies bilateral pressure over the jugular veins for ~30 seconds.
- The examiner tells the patient to cough and takes note of any pain.
Positive Naffzinger’s Test
There is a positive Naffzinger’s test when there is pain noted along the distribution of a peripheral nerve. This could indicate the presence of a lesion found along the cervical spine near the brachial plexus.
The Naffzinger’s Test is contraindicated in patients with compromised vascular systems. This is common in geriatric patients with atherosclerosis.