Wright’s test is a shoulder examination used to test for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
- Patient seated, examiner palpates radial pulse, then horizontally abducts patient’s arm.
Positive Diminished pulse on affected side more than on unaffected side & reproduction of symptoms associated with axillary artery or brachial plexus compression → TOS hyperabduction syndrome.
Synonym: hyperabduction maneuver
Many patients demonstrate a loss of radial plse on this exam without a hyperabduction syndrome being present (false (+)).