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Turner's sign

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Local areas of discoloration (bruising) and induration of the skin about the umbilicus and in the region of the loins due to extravasation of blood. It is a clinical sign seen after 2-3 days in acute haemorrhagic pancreatitis and other causes of retroperitoneal haemorrhage.

Turner-Cullen symptom is entered as Cullen's sign, under Thomas Stephen Cullen, Canadian-American gynaecologist, 1868-1953.


  • G. G. Turner:
    Local discoloration of abdominal wall as a sign of acute pancreatitis.
    British Journal of Surgery, London, 1920, 7: 394-395.

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