Friday, January 6, 2012

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Cullen's sign


It refers to the superficial peri-umbilical bruising of the subcutaneous fat.
It can be seen in the following cases:
1) acute pancreatitis (classically),
2) bleeding from blunt abdominal trauma, rupture of abdominal aorta and ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

The sign was actually first described by Thomas Cullen in 1916 in a case of ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

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