Special Communication  |   June 2016
Cullen Sign and Grey Turner Sign Revisited
Author Notes
  •  *Address correspondence to William F. Wright, DO, MPH, FCAP, Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Memorial Medical Center, 1600 6th Ave, Suite 114, York, PA 17403-2643. E-mail: william.wright.f@gmail.com
     
Article Information
Gastroenterology / Obstetrics and Gynecology
Special Communication   |   June 2016
Cullen Sign and Grey Turner Sign Revisited
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2016, Vol. 116, 398-401. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.081
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2016, Vol. 116, 398-401. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.081
Abstract

Cullen sign and Grey Turner sign, named after Thomas Stephen Cullen, MB, and George Grey Turner, MBBS, respectively, are signs of abdominal wall hemorrhage and are generally associated with acute pancreatitis. However, the research from which these signs arose was documented long before Cullen and Grey Turner made their contributions. The present article examines the history, pathologic mechanisms, and clinical application of these signs in relation to acute pancreatitis and ectopic pregnancy.

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