Physical exam findings characteristic of severe acute pancreatitis

Physical exam findings characteristic of severe acute pancreatitis

  • • Grey Turner’s sign: flank bruising (can be unilateral or bilateral)
  • • Cullen’s sign: periumbilical bruising

Both findings are due to the presence of hemorrhagic pancreatic fluid that has tracked into these regions. The presence of these signs often portends a poor prognosis.

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