Synonym: TOS Relief Maneuver
Shoulder Girdle Passive Elevation test is a shoulder examination used to test for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
- Patient seated with arms crossed in front of body, examiner from behind the patient passively elevates the shoulder girdle.
Venous relief → Decrease cyanosis, venous engorgement
Arterial relief → Stronger pulse, change in skin color, increased hand temperature
Etiology of thoracic outlet syndrome: neurologic compression (97%), venous compression (2%), arterial compression (1%).