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Ann Surg. 1976 Nov;184(5):615-7.

A simple test to identify coarctation of the aorta.


Despite the widespread recognition of coartation of the aorta there are still many patients in whome the diagnosis is not made. A simple clinical test which is useful in making the diagnosis in infants and adults, is described. It depends upon the differential color changes between fingers and toes after releasing a manual compression of feet and hands in the elevated position.

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