Palpable collaterals in scapular region – Medicine MCQ – CVS – Answer

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Palpable collaterals in scapular region – Medicine MCQ – CVS – Answer

Palpable collaterals on the back in scapular region – Correct answer: a) Suzman’s sign

The collaterals in the scapular region are better felt with the person bending forward. It is noted in coarctation of aorta  due collaterals between aortic branches arising above and below the obstruction [1,2].

Dock’s sign is notching of the inferior border of the ribs (usually bilateral, ribs 3-8), noted in coarctation of aorta. de Musset’s sign is head bobbing noted in severe aortic regurgitation. Corrigan’s sign is also noted in aortic regurgitation (dancing carotids).

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References

  1. Suzman S. A new sign in coarctation of the aorta. Br Heart J. 1947 Oct;9(4):310.
  2. Campbell M, Suzman S. Coarctation of the aorta. Br Heart J. 1947 Jul;9(3):185-212 (Original description: Free full text at Pubmed Central).