Hepatojugular reflux: Useful in the bedside diagnosis of tricuspid regurgitation

A. S. Maisel, J. E. Atwood, A. L. Goldberger

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Using phonocardiography and auscultation, we ascertained the presence or absence of hepatojugular reflux and Carvallo's maneuver in three groups of 15 patients. The first group had isolated tricuspid regurgitation; the second, isolated mitral regurgitation; and the third was a control group with no murmurs. The specificity and sensitivity of hepatojugular reflux were 100% and 66%, and those of Carvallo's maneuver were 100% and 80%. All but 1 patient in our series had a positive response to one or the other maneuver (combined sensitivity, 93%). Thus, hepatojugular reflux is a useful adjunct to Carvallo's maneuver in the diagnosis of tricuspid regurgitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-782
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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