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Corrigan’s Sign

Series Editor and Author: Frank L. Urbano, MD

1. All of the following are known causes of aortic regurgitation EXCEPT:
  1. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  2. Age-induced annuloaortic ectasia
  3. Severe hypertension
  4. Hemochromatosis
  5. Luetic aortitis
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2. Which one of the following statements describes Müller’s sign?

  1. Booming systolic and diastolic sounds over the femoral area
  2. A mild diastolic rumble at the cardiac apex
  3. Systolic pulsation of the uvula
  4. A jerky carotid pulse characterized by full expansion and followed by quick collapse
  5. Rhythmical bobbing movement of the head with each heartbeat
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3. All of the following statements about aortic valve regurgitation are true EXCEPT:
  1. A murmur can usually be heard long before the condition becomes symptomatic.
  2. The typical murmur of this condition is a diastolic rumble heard at the cardiac apex.
  3. The condition can present with Corrigan’s sign and water-hammer pulse.
  4. In the acute setting, this condition can manifest as a murmur with acute left ventricular failure.
  5. In the chronic setting, this condition can result in a slow decrease in left ventricular function, with dilatation of the left ventricle and eventual impairment of left ventricular emptying and forward function.
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