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Osler's syndrome

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A syndrome of recurrent episodes of colic pain, with typical radiation to back, cold shiverings and fever; due to the presence in Vater’s diverticulum of a free-moving gallstone which is larger than the orifice.

Description

A syndrome of recurrent episodes of colic pain, with typical radiation to back, cold shiverings and fever; and possibly jaundice. Due to the presence in Vater’s diverticulum of a free-moving gallstone which is larger than the orifice, periodically obstructing the bile outflow in a manner similar to that of a ball-valve.

Bibliography

  • W. Osler:
    The ball-valve gallstone in the common duct.
    Lancet, London, 1897, I: 1319-1323.

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