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Cardio Exam

Carotid Auscultation

July 1st, 2020
On this page:Carotid Bruit


Auscultation of the carotids may identify a carotid bruit due to turbulent flow, or radiation of a murmur.
  • How to Perform

  • Auscultate within the triangle bound by the mandible, sternocleidomastoid and thyroid cartilage. Ask the patient to hold their breath.
A hum will be heard normally, which is due to normal jugular venous flow.

Carotid Bruit

  • Listen For

  • An abnormal systolic sound over the carotid artery due to turbulent flow.
  • Causes of Carotid Bruit

  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Transmitted murmur of aortic stenosis
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