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What is Allen test?

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Also called a modified Allen test, this is a simple way to measure how well blood flows in your hand. Your doctor may need to check your circulation before they operate on your wrist or a spot nearby, or before other surgeries.

From: What Is an Allen Test? WebMD Medical Reference

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The Annals of Thoracic Surgery: “The Allen test.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Pulmonary function tests.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Ganglion (cyst) -- treatment with surgery.”

World Health Organization Guidelines on Drawing Blood: Best Practices in Phlebotomy: “Annex I: Modified Allen test.”

Journal of the American College of Surgeons: “Hand ischemia after radial artery cannulation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Radial artery and saphenous vein harvesting.”

Cigna: “Allen Test.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 27, 2018

SOURCES:

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery: “The Allen test.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Pulmonary function tests.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Ganglion (cyst) -- treatment with surgery.”

World Health Organization Guidelines on Drawing Blood: Best Practices in Phlebotomy: “Annex I: Modified Allen test.”

Journal of the American College of Surgeons: “Hand ischemia after radial artery cannulation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Radial artery and saphenous vein harvesting.”

Cigna: “Allen Test.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 27, 2018

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