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Correspondence response
Response to: ‘The significance of the squeeze test to identify arthritis was underestimated or not?’ by Luo et al
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  1. W B van den Bosch,
  2. L Mangnus,
  3. A H M van der Helm-van Mil
  1. Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr A H M van der Helm-van Mil, Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, PO Box 9600, Leiden 2300 RC, The Netherlands; A.H.M.van_der_Helm{at}lumc.nl

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With interest we read the letter of Luo, Zeng and He.1 Our recent study2 evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of the squeeze test to identify arthritis. Evidently, Luo et al are disappointed by the test characteristics and the sensitivity of the test to identify arthritis in particular; the sensitivity was around 50%.1 We completely agree with Luo et al that the sensitivity found was lower than we had anticipated at the study start. The squeeze test is advocated by experts. Also we are educated that the squeeze test is useful to screen for the presence of arthritis. …

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