How precise is the stephoscope for hearing aortic regurgitation?

Not very. The stethoscope is a very imprecise tool for detecting and quantifying aortic regurgitation . Moreover, because it's soft and subtle, it's very easily overlooked on a routine exam.

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Can you tell me how precise is the stephoscope for hearing aortic regurgitation?

Not very. It requires a careful exam by an experienced clinician in a quiet room with optimal positioning to hear AR. It's very hard to hear and easily overlooked. (echo, on the other hand, will catch it 100% of the time). Read more...