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Blumer's shelf

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A shelf-like tumor of the anterior rectal wall felt on rectal examination indicating implantation metastases in Douglas' pouch as in gastric carcinoma or tuberculous peritonitis.


  • G. Blumer:
    The rectal shelf. A neglected rectal sign of value in the diagnosis and prognosis of obscure malignant and inflammatory diseases within the abdomen.
    Albany Medical Annals, 1909, 30: 361-366.

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