What is an ocular bruit?

What is an ocular bruit?

A bruit is an abnormal sound caused by blood flow through an artery that frequently is either partially or completely obstructed. An orbital bruit involves the collateral arterial system and intracranial arterial supply. The most common cause of a bruit is stenosis or occlusion of the internal carotid artery.

What causes bruit?

Most commonly, a bruit is caused by abnormal narrowing of an artery. Listening for a bruit in the neck with a stethoscope is a simple way to screen for narrowing (stenosis) of the carotid artery, which can be a result of cholesterol plaque accumulation.

How do you check for ocular Bruits?

When listening for an orbital bruit, auscultate by placing the bell of the stethoscope over the pa- tient’s closed eye. In an effort to eliminate the noise of rhythmic eyelid flutter, the patient should then be instructed to open both eyes and gaze at a point across the room.

Can we use stethoscope on eyes?

The patient should be asked to close both eyes gently and the stethoscope firmly applied over one eye. During auscultation the other eye should be opened as in this way there is considerable diminution of eyelid flutter, which may cause confusion if rhythmical.

Can a bruit be normal?

The carotid bruit can be a normal finding in a healthy person with no disease, or it can be an indication of severe carotid artery stenosis, a harbinger of impending stroke.

Is a bruit bad?

Although a carotid bruit has relatively poor sensitivity in detecting a hemodynamically significant carotid stenosis, it is a strong marker of systemic atherosclerosis with associated increased risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, and cardiovascular death.

What is a thyroid thrill?

a vibration felt by the examiner on palpation; see also fremitus.

Why does a doctor use a stethoscope?

The stethoscope is a device that helps physicians or healthcare providers listen to the internal organs, such as lungs, heart and bowel sounds, and it is also used to check blood pressure. It helps to amplify the internal sounds.

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