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Letters de Musset’s sign

New physical signs associated with severe aortic regurgitation are still being described

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6281
  1. Keith Buchan, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon1,
  2. Sayed Abdulmotaleb Almoosawy, medical student2,
  3. Stephen Cross, consultant cardiologist3
  1. 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN, UK
  2. 2Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN, UK
  3. 3Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ, UK
  1. keith.buchan{at}

Minerva mentions de Musset’s sign of aortic incompetence and its earlier recognition by William Withering.1

In severe acute aortic regurgitation, most commonly due to aortic valve endocarditis, a form of extreme diastolic ventricular interaction …

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