(1) Valsalva maneuver: a forced exhalation against a closed airway.

(2) Valsalva, Antonio Maria (1666-1723): an Italian physician and anatomist, who first described the maneuver and its use to expel pus from the middle ear.


The medical uses of Valsalva includes the following:

  • as a diagnostic tool to test heart conditions and to identify any abnormal heart rhythms
  • a means to 'clear' the ears and sinuses
  • an aid to patients with multiple sclerosis to help them fully empty their bladder
  • a method to help men prevent premature ejaculation

Compare: Müller maneuver
See also: Valsalva manoeuvre, Valsalva test

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