- A dictionary of medical eponyms

Kussmaul's pulse or sign

Alternative eponyms

  • Griesinger-Kussmaul sign

Related people

A manifestation of limited expansion of the right ventricle.

Description

A manifestation of limited expansion of the right ventricle. A reversal of the normal pattern of decreasing jugular venous pressure during inspiration.

Pulsus paradoxus, a different entity, is an exaggeration of the normal inspiratory decrease in systolic blood pressure. It is an important sign for cardiac tamponade but it can sometimes be seen in constrictive pericarditis or chronic obstructive airways disease.

We thank Luis Enrique Farias Curtidor and Jongoh Kim for submitting information.

Bibliography

  • A. Kussmaul:
    Über schwielige Mediastino-Perikarditis und den paradoxen Puls.
    Berliner klinische Wochenschrift, 1873, 10: 433-435, 445-449 and 461-464.
  • Kenneth C Bilchick, Robert A Wise:
    Paradoxical physical findings described by Kussmaul: pulsus paradoxus and Kussmaul's sign. The Lancet, 2002, 359: 1940-1942.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.

Disclaimer:

Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.