Name of test

Ortolani’s sign, test

What it tests

to test if the child congenitally dislocated hip is reducible

How to do it

The thigh is first adducted and depressed to subluxate the hip. The thigh is then abducted with gentle pressure over the greater trochanter.

The normal response

positive test = The hip reduces with a palpable “clunk.”

What it means if not normal

negative test means the hip is irreducible and this may need oped reduction of the hip if the test was negative again under general anaesthesia.



Staheli, Lynn T.

Title: Practice of Pediatric Orthopedics, 2nd Edition

Copyright ©2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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