The posterior drawer test assesses the integrity of the posterior cruciate ligament.

anterior drawer test for acl insufficency
This is actually showing the anterior drawer, but the posterior drawer test is very similar, where the examiner attempts to assess any laxity when the tibia is pushed backwards in relation to the femur.

 

Accuracy of the posterior drawer test

It is not a very accurate assessment, and it is better to augment it with stress X-rays.

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

The absent posterior drawer test in some acute posterior cruciate ligament tears of the knee.. Hughston JC. Am J Sports Med. 1988 Jan-Feb;16(1):39-43.


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