Shaking of the whole body synchronous with the heartbeats, with jerking movements of the head and neck. Musset's sign is caused by the very wide pulse pressure characteristic of severe aortic insufficiency.
The sign was described by the author Paul de Musset in an autobiography of his brother, who suffered from aorta failure. It was also described by Alfred de Musset in his poem "La nuit de mal". Musset's condition was aggravated by drinking.
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