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Hodgkin-Key sound

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An auscultation phenomenon typical of aorta insufficiency with destruction of the valve. It is a strong “musical” sound that can sometimes be heard at a distance, resembling the shriek of a seagull, and therefore often referred to as “seagull’s cry”.


  • Th. Hodgkin:
    On the retroversion of the valves of the aorta.
    London Medical Gazette, 1828; 3: 433-443.
  • R. Zuckermann:
    Herzauskultation. Leipzig 1963. P 98.

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