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Diagnostic Accuracy of the Neck Tornado Test as a New Screening Test in Cervical Radiculopathy

Authors
 Juyeon Park  ;  Woo Young Park  ;  Seungbae Hong  ;  Jiwon An  ;  Jae Chul Koh  ;  Youn-Woo Lee  ;  Yong Chan Kim  ;  Jong Bum Choi 
Citation
 International Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol.14(7) : 662-667, 2017 
Journal Title
 International Journal of Medical Sciences 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Cervical Cord/diagnostic imaging ; Cervical Cord/physiopathology* ; Female ; Humans ; Magnetic Resonance Imaging ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Neck/physiopathology* ; Neck Pain/diagnosis* ; Neck Pain/physiopathology ; Radiculopathy/diagnosis* ; Radiculopathy/physiopathology
Keywords
Spurling test ; cervical radiculopathy ; neck pain ; neck tornado test . ; radicular pain
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The Spurling test, although a highly specific provocative test of the cervical spine in cervical radiculopathy (CR), has low to moderate sensitivity. Thus, we introduced the neck tornado test (NTT) to examine the neck and the cervical spine in CR. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to introduce a new provocative test, the NTT, and compare the diagnostic accuracy with a widely accepted provocative test, the Spurling test. DESIGN: Retrospective study. METHODS: Medical records of 135 subjects with neck pain (CR, n = 67; without CR, n = 68) who had undergone cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging and been referred to the pain clinic between September 2014 and August 2015 were reviewed. Both the Spurling test and NTT were performed in all patients by expert examiners. Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were compared for both the Spurling test and the NTT. RESULTS: The sensitivity of the Spurling test and the NTT was 55.22% and 85.07% (P < 0.0001); specificity, 98.53% and 86.76% (P = 0.0026); accuracy, 77.04% and 85.93% (P = 0.0423), respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The NTT is more sensitive with superior diagnostic accuracy for CR diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging than the Spurling test.
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DOI
10.7150/ijms.19110
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (마취통증의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
안지원(An, Ji Won)
이윤우(Lee, Youn Woo)
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https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/160544
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