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Grey Turner's sign

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Grey Turner's sign

Grey Turner's sign refers to bruising of the flanks, the part of the body between the last rib and the top of the hip. The bruising appears as a blue discoloration, and is a sign of retroperitoneal hemorrhage, or bleeding behind the peritoneum, which is a lining of the abdominal cavity. Grey Turner's sign takes 24–48 hours to develop, and can predict a severe attack of acute pancreatitis.


Grey Turner's sign may be accompanied by Cullen's sign. Both signs may be indicative of pancreatic necrosis with retroperitoneal or intraabdominal bleeding. Grey Turner's sign is named after British surgeon George Grey Turner.


It is named after British surgeon George Grey Turner.


Causes include

  • Acute pancreatitis, whereby methemalbumin formed from digested blood tracks subcutaneously around the abdomen from the inflamed pancreas.
  • Pancreatic hemorrhage
  • Retroperitoneal hemorrhage
  • Blunt abdominal trauma
  • Ruptured / hemorrhagic ectopic pregnancy.
  • Spontaneous bleeding secondary to coagulopathy (congenital or acquired)
  • Aortic rupture, from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm or other causes.
  • References

    Grey Turner's sign Wikipedia

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