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Curling's ulcer

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Acute ulcer of the duodenum that sometimes occurs following acute stress, usually severe skin burn. Clinical onset at various times after burns. There is repeated, severe rectal bleeding usually beginning between 4th and 10th day after severe burning. Gastrointestinal perforation with peritonitis may occur.


  • T. B. Curling:
    On acute ulceration of the duodenum in cases of burn.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 1842, 25: 260-281.

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