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Table 6 Diagnostic accuracy of lower limb neuro-dynamic tests

From: Accuracy of clinical neurological examination in diagnosing lumbo-sacral radiculopathy: a systematic literature review

Type of index test (Author, year) Reference standard Sensitivity (95% CI) Specificity (95% CI) +LR -LR
SLR & Lassegu’s sign
 Majlesi (2008) [20] MRI 0.52 (0.42-0.58) 0.89 (0.79-0.95) 4.7 1.9
 Vroomen et al. (2002) [10] MRI 0.64 (0.56-0.71) 0.57 (0.47-0.66) 1.5 1.6
 Albeck (1996) [13] Surgery 0.84 (0.72-0.92) 0.21 (0.06-0.46) 1.1 1.3
 Haldeman (1988) [18] CT and electro-diagnostics 0.37 (0.19-0.58) 0.78 (0.67-0.87) 1.7 1.2
 Suri et al. (2010) [15] MRIss 0.64 (0.47-0.82) 0.48 (0.45-0.50) 1.2 1.3
 Coster et al. (2010) [7] EMG 0.44 (0.38-0.52) 1.00 (0.48-1.00) 0.4 1.8
 Suri et al. (2011) [21] MRI 0.29 (0.28-0.32) 0.57 (0.48-058) 0.7 0.8
 Rabin (2007) [19] MRI 0.67 (0.53-0.79) 0.43 (0.38-0.46) 1.0 1.3
Slump test
 Majlesi (2008) [20] MRI 0.84 (0.74-0.90) 0.83 (0.73-0.90) 5.0 5.2
 Trainor & Pinnington (2011) [16] MRI 1.00 (0.40-1.00) 0.83 (0.52-0.98) 5.9 0.8