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Bard-Pic syndrome

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Obsolete eponym to indicate symptoms and signs associated with pancreatic carcinoma. Indicates a diagnostic triad of:

(1) Progressive and finally obstructive jaundice.
(2) Large, palpable gallbladder (Courvoisier's sign) with blockage of the common bile duct.
(3) Rapidly progressive cachexia pathogonomic of carcinoma of the head of the pancreas.

Males are predominantly affected. Anorexia, rapid weight loss, clay-coloured stools, and night pain are usual symptoms. Death often occurs within six to eight months.


  • L. Bard, A. Pic:
    Contribution a l'étude clinique et anatomo-pathologique du cancer primitif du pancréas.
    Revue de médecine, Paris, 1888, 8: 257-282, 363-405.
  • L. G. Courvoisier:
    Casuistisch-statistische Beiträge zur Pathologie und Chirurgie der Gallenwege.
    Leipzig, Vogel, 1890, pp. 57-58.

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