Friday, November 28, 2014

Q: What is pulsatile hepatomegaly?

Answer: In pulsatile hepatomegaly, the pulsations can be felt clinically over liver area. They can also be confirmed by external hepatic recordings. These pulsations conformed almost identically to the jugular venous pulsations in the neck. This is one of the classic sign seen in constrictive pericarditis. They should disappear after surgical treatment of constrictive pericarditis. Persistence of the hepatic pulsations after treatment signifies failure of surgical treatment.

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