Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Q: What is "McConnell's sign"?

Answer:  Though describe as an early and specific sign of acute pulmonary embolism (APE), many authorities dispute its specificity related to APE. McConnell's sign is a distinct echocardiographic feature, defined as a regional pattern of right ventricular systolic dysfunction, with akinesia of the mid free wall but sparing of the right ventricular apex.


López-Candales A, Edelman K, Candales MD. Right ventricular apical contractility in acute pulmonary embolism: the McConnell sign revisited. Echocardiography 2010;27:614–20

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