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February 21, 1977

Slipping Rib Syndrome: Diagnosis Using the "Hooking Maneuver"

Author Affiliations

From the Pulmonary Disease Division, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City. Dr Heinz is a pulmonary disease fellow. Dr Zavala is a recipient of the career research award from the American Lung Association of Iowa.

JAMA. 1977;237(8):794-795. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270350054023

A woman with recurrent abdominal pain was found to have the "slipping rib syndrome" by using the hooking maneuver. The diagnosis of this common but little known cause of abdominal and chest pain can often be made by using this simple technique. Rib resection was required for relief of this patient's symptoms.

(JAMA 237:794-795, 1977)