Capillary Pulsation

1. How do you elicit capillary pulsation (Quincke's sign)?

ANS: Compress the skin of the face or hands with a glass slide, or exert slight pressure on the nail beds and watch for intermittent flushing. You can also transilluminate the nail bed with a flashlight against the pad of the patient's finger while shading the finger with the other hand.

2. What is the mechanism of capillary pulsations and what noncardiac conditions can cause it?

ANS: The mechanism is the transmission of the arterial pulse through dilated capillaries to the subpapillary venous plexus. It is found in any condition that causes capillary dilatation, such as hot weather, a hot bath, fever, anemia, pregnancy, or hyperthyroidism.

3. Which cardiac conditions cause capillary pulsation?

ANS: Any cardiac condition that causes a large pulse pressure, such as AR, systolic hypertension, or marked-bradycardia, as in complete atrioventricular block.

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  • jonatan
    Can exercise cause capillary pulsation?
    8 years ago
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    How to check capillary pulsation in aneamia?
    2 years ago

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