Intrathoracic Goiter Demonstrated by the Valsalva Maneuver
The diagnosis of an intrathoracic goiter can, on occasion, be difficult to confirm. The Valsalva maneuver was found useful in making this diagnosis in 2 patients whose case histories are reported. Such goiters are termed plunging goiters. The phenomenon is discussed and the use of the Valsalva maneuver in demonstrating such lesions is emphasized.
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