Second Heart Sound and a Tumor PlopAnother heart sound configuration which mimics a split second heart sound is a single second heart sound followed by a tumor plop (a transient which occurs early in diastole). If you move the stethoscope head to the pulmonic area, the tumor plop will disappear. If you continue to hear two distinct sounds at the pulmonic area, the likelihood is that you are hearing a split second heart sound. The timing and frequency of a tumor plop are identical to that of a third heart sound gallop. It is not possible to distinguish one from the other.
The patient's position should be supine.
Auscultation TipsDiastole:Tumor plop early in diastole, similar to a split S2
Features:Tumor plop disappears over pulmonic valve area
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- EKG heart rhythm modules: Thomas O'Brien.
- EKG monitor simulation developer: Steve Collmann
12 Lead Course: Dr. Michael Mazzini, MD.
- Spanish language EKG: Breena R. Taira, MD, MPH
- Medical review: Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD
- Medical review: Dr. Pedro Azevedo, MD, Cardiology
- Last Update: 11/8/2021
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