Cullen's sign

Cullen's sign
Cullen's sign
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Cullen's sign
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Cullen's sign is superficial edema and bruising in the subcutaneous fatty tissue around the umbilicus.

It is named for Thomas S. Cullen (1869-1953),[1] an obstetrician who first described the sign in ruptured ectopic pregnancy in 1916.[2]

This sign takes 24-48 hours to appear and can predict acute pancreatitis, with mortality rising from 8-10% to 40%. It may be accompanied by Grey Turner's sign[3] (bruising of the flank), which may then be indicative of pancreatic necrosis with retroperitoneal or intraabdominal bleeding.

Causes

Causes include:

Importance of the sign is on a decline since better diagnostic modalities are now available

References

  1. ^ synd/1386 at Who Named It?
  2. ^ T. S. Cullen. Embryology, anatomy, and diseases of the umbilicus together with diseases of the urachus. Philadelphia, Saunders, and London, 1916.
  3. ^ Bosmann M, Schreiner O, Galle PR (April 2009). "Coexistence of Cullen's and Grey Turner's signs in acute pancreatitis". Am. J. Med. 122 (4): 333–4. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2008.08.032. PMID 19332225. http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0002-9343(08)01059-0. 

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