I. C. BRILL, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Auricular fibrillation is a disturbance in the action of the heart, in which the normal contraction of the auricles is replaced by irregular fibrillary twitchings in various parts of the auricular walls. The disorder is believed to arise from a disturbance in the mechanism of the cardiac impulse in which the wave of contraction, instead of following the normal path from the sinoatrial node down the conduction system, pursues a rapid, continuous and irregular course around the mouths of the great veins (circus movement). The resultant fibrillary twitchings, though incapable of causing an effective contraction of the auricles, set in
BRILL IC. AURICULAR FIBRILLATION; THE PRESENT STATUS WITH A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE1. Ann Intern Med. ;10:1487–1502. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-10-10-1487
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;10(10):1487-1502.
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