Courvoisier sign. Definition

Medical Definition: Courvoisier sign

Distended gallbladder palpation in the right upper quadrant, without inflammation of the wall (no acute cholecystitis), and complete obstruction of the bile duct. Usually can cause mild discomfort but not severe pain, and almost always caused by tumors that completely blocked the bile duct and, therefore, is accompanied by a large dilation of bile duct and gallbladder with jaundice. The most common cause is the pancreatic head cancer. View obstructive jaundice, gallbladder.

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