Pulsus Paradoxus

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"Do I really need to be naked to have all my pulses checked?!"

A pulsus parodoxus is any pulse that poses a paradox to the examiner.[1]


Example of a Pulsus Paradoxus


"Hmmm, this femoral pulse is both present and absent... Pulsus paradoxus!!"

"Since this patient's radial pulse is both fast and slow, it can only be one thing..."

"I'm an intern, can't find the patient's legs nor his pedal pulse, but I know she's got one... Pulsus paradoxus!!"


Related Reading


- Inferior Vena Cava

- Pedal Pulse

- Posterior Vena Cava

- Uncommon Hepatic Artery


References


  1. Intern Tries to Palpate Pedal Pulses, Can’t Locate Legs



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