Which physical findings are characteristic of hypermobility syndrome?

Updated: Apr 04, 2018
  • Author: T P Sudha Rao, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Answer

Hypermobility syndrome is associated with 3 or more of the following 5 areas of joint laxity in the presence of symmetrical joint pain and stiffness:

  1. Passive apposition of the thumb to the forearm
  2. Passive hyperextension of the fingers
  3. Active hyperextension of the elbow greater than 10°
  4. Active hyperextension of the knee greater than 10°
  5. Flexion of the spine and placement of the palms on the floor without bending the knees

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