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Korotkov's sounds

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Pulse-synchronous circulatory sounds heard through the stethoscope in auscultation of blood pressure using Riva-Rocci's sphygmomanometer, when pressure over the artery is reduced below systolic arterial pressure. It is produced by sudden distension of the artery, the walls of which were previously relaxed because of the surrounding pneumatic cuff

We thank Zoran Bojanic, Serbia, for information.


  • N. S. Korotkoff:
    [methods of studying blood pressure.
    German: Über Methoden zum Studium des Blutdruckes]
    Izvest imp Voyenno-med Akad, St. Petersburg, 1905, 11: 365.
    English translation in Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 1941, 17: 877-879.

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