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Aschner-Dagnini test (Giuseppe Dagnini)

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Oculocardial reflex. Slowing of the pulse following pressures applied to the eyeball or the carotid sinus. Sometimes used to slow the heart during attacks of a supraventricular tachyardia. May also be used as a diagnostic test for angina pectoris. Slowing of the heart produced by this reflex may relieve anginal pain.


  • G. Dagnini:
    In: Bull. Sci. med. 1908, volume 8, series 8.
  • Il reflesso oculo-cardiaco de Dagnini nella puberta` femminile.
    Cuore e circolazione, 1937, 21: 9-30.
  • B. Ashner:
    Über einen bisher noch nicht beschriebenen Reflex, vom Auge auf Kreislauf und Atmung. Verschwinden des Radialispulses bei Druck auf das Auge.
    Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, 1908, 21: 1529-1530.

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