Comparison of the Thesslay Test and McMurray Test: A Systematic Review of Comparative Diagnostic Studies

Jenny Alexanders, Anna Anderson, Sarah Henderson, Ulf Clausen

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    Abstract

    Abstract
    Background
    The Thessaly test is a relatively recently developed meniscal test; therefore research compared to other meniscal
    tests is somewhat limited. In addition, a systematic review comparing the Thessaly’s test with a long standing test such
    as the McMurray test has not been previously conducted.

    Objective
    To systematically identify and appraise all empirical studies comparing the diagnostic accuracy of the Thessaly test
    and McMurray test.

    Procedure
    Eligible studies were identified through a rigorous search of ScienceDirect, CINAHL Plus, Pubmed, PEDro, EMBASE
    and Cochrane Library from January 2004 until August 2014. Full English reports of studies investigating the accuracy
    of the Thessaly test and McMurray test. Quality Assessment of Studies of Diagnostic Accuracy (QUADAS) scores were
    completed on each selected article.

    Results
    The Thessaly test reported to have higher diagnostic accuracy values (61-96%) compared to the McMurray test (56-
    84%). Although McMurray test showed to have higher sensitivity in the detection of lateral meniscal tears, the Thessaly
    reported to more sensitive for medial and higher specificity values for both medial and lateral tears.

    Conclusion
    Higher strength of evidence studies are warranted to ensure
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2016

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