Ortolani test

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Ortolani test
Medical diagnostics
Hip-joint, front view.
Synonyms Ortolani maneuver
Right hip-joint from the front.

The Ortolani test is part of the physical examination for developmental dysplasia of the hip, along with the Barlow maneuver.[1] Specifically, this tests for posterior dislocation of the hip.[citation needed] This is part of the standard infant exam performed preferably in early infancy.[citation needed]

The Ortolani test is named after Marino Ortolani, who developed it in 1937.[2]


The Ortolani test is performed with the Barlow maneuver and inspection of the hip joint and legs.[citation needed] It relocates the dislocation of the hip joint that has just been elicited by the Barlow maneuver.[citation needed]

The Ortolani test is performed by an examiner first flexing the hips and knees of a supine infant to 90°, then with the examiner's index fingers placing anterior pressure on the greater trochanters, gently and smoothly abducting the infant's legs using the examiner's thumbs.


A positive sign is a distinctive 'clunk' which can be heard and felt as the femoral head relocates anteriorly into the acetabulum:[3]


  1. ^ "Screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip: recommendation statement". Pediatrics. 117 (3): 898–902. March 2006. doi:10.1542/peds.2005-1995. PMID 16510673. 
  2. ^ Dwyer NS (June 1987). "Congenital dislocation of the hip: to screen or not to screen". Archives of Disease in Childhood. 62 (6): 635–7. doi:10.1136/adc.62.6.635. PMC 1778433Freely accessible. PMID 3619484. 
  3. ^ Storer SK, Skaggs DL (October 2006). "Developmental dysplasia of the hip". American Family Physician. 74 (8): 1310–6. PMID 17087424.