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The drawer test is a test used by providers to detect rupture of the cruciate li

gaments in the knee. The patient should be supine with the hips flexed to 45 deg
rees, the knees flexed to 90 degrees and the feet flat on table. The examiner si
ts on the patient's feet and grasps the patient's tibia and pulls it forward (an
terior drawer test) or backward (posterior drawer test). If the tibia pulls forw
ard or backward more than normal, the test is considered positive. Excessive dis
placement of the tibia anteriorly indicates that the ACL is likely torn, whereas
excessive posterior displacement of the tibia indicates that the PCL is likely
torn. The Lachman test is a variation on this test in which the knee is in thirt
y degrees flexion