What is Kussmaul’s sign ?

February 23, 2013 | By | Reply More

What is Kussmaul’s sign ?

Kussmaul’s sign, an inspiratory increase in systemic venous pressure, is commonly present in chronic constrictive pericarditis but is rarely detected in acute cardiac tamponade.

Kussmaul’s sign of constrictive pericarditis

A patient with constrictive-effusive pericarditis from tuberculosis. The Kussmaul’s sign is present and probably prominent X and Y descend of jugular venous pulsation. (A case from general medicine OPD)

Kussmaul breathing

Also worthy to note that Kussmaul resps are a LATE sign of MA/DKA.


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