De Musset's sign

de Musset's sign is a condition in which there is rhythmic nodding or bobbing of the head in synchrony with the beating of the heart, in general as a result of aortic regurgitation whereby blood from the aorta regurgitates into the left ventricle due to a defect in the aortic valve.[1][2] The nodding is an indication that the systolic pulse is being felt by the patient because of the increased pulse pressure resulting from the aortic insufficiency. The condition was named after the French poet Alfred de Musset.[1] De Musset's sign is a type of head tremor.[3][4]

De Musset's sign
Differential diagnosisAorta regurgitates

See also


  1. Gallo, Vittorio (2011). Unusual Signs and Symptoms in Internal Medicine (1st ed.). Torino: SEEd Srl. p. 44. ISBN 9788897419044.
  2. Thomas, James; Monaghan, Tanya, eds. (2014). Oxford handbook of clinical examination and practical skills (Second ed.). [S.l.]: Oxford University Press. p. 131. ISBN 9780199593972.
  3. Larner, A.J. (2016). A Dictionary of Neurological Signs. Springer. p. 149. ISBN 9783319298214.
  4. Kinirons, Mark (2010). French's index of differential diagnosis : an a-z (15th ed.). London: Hodder. p. 182. ISBN 9780340990711.
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