Category: Visual Diagnosis
Posted: 12/30/2013 by Haney Mallemat, MD
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68 year-old male presents with weakness after surgical repair of his abdominal aorta. What’s the diagnosis and name at least one eponym for the signs displayed (there are five total)?
Grey-Turner and Fox's sign; these signs indicate retroperitoneal hemorrhage.
There are five signs suggesting retroperitoneal bleeding. They generally appear 24 hours after bleeding starts, occurring when blood extravasates along ligamentous connections between the retroperitoneal space and skin surface.
1. Grey-Turner Sign: Named for the surgeon who identified it in 1920; a bluish hematoma across the lateral abdominal wall when blood from the pararenal space leaks along the quadratus lumborum.
2. Fox’s Sign: Described by Dr. Fox in 1966 in two patients, (ruptured AAA and pancreatitis); ecchymosis over anteromedial thigh secondary to blood seeping along the fascia of psoas and iliacus.
3. Cullen’s Sign: Dr. Cullen (gynecologist), described this in 1918 as a sign of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy; bruise around the umbilicus from retroperitoneal blood tracking along falciform ligament.
4. Bryant’s Sign: Dr. Bryant initially described this sign; ecchymosis of the scrotum from blood tracking down the spermatic cord.
5. Stabler’s sign: Ecchymosis over the inguinal ligament
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