The Quix test

Laryngoscope. 1983 Sep;93(9):1160-1. doi: 10.1288/00005537-198309000-00010.


Professor Doctor F.H. Quix, of Utrecht, was a keen student of macular function, who published extensively at the beginning of this century. He described many useful tests for otolithic function, and one in particular has continued to be fairly widely used. The so-called "Quix Test" is performed with the patient standing, feet slightly apart, arms outstretched, index fingers extended, and the examiner assumes a similar mirror-image posture, such that the fingertips almost touch. The patient is then requested to close his eyes, and the index fingers are observed for drift. The lateralizing value of this sign of vestibular disease is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Labyrinth Diseases / diagnosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Vestibular Function Tests / methods*
  • Vestibular Nerve
  • Vestibulocochlear Nerve Diseases / diagnosis