an enlarged, often palpable gallbladder in a patient with carcinoma of the head of the pancreas. It is associated with jaundice due to obstruction of the common bile duct. See: Courvoisier law.
Cour·voi·si·er gall·blad·der(kūr-vwah'zē-ā' gawl'blad-ĕr)
Courvoisier,Ludwig G., French surgeon, 1843-1918.
Courvoisier gallbladder - an enlarged, often palpable, gallbladder in a patient with carcinoma of the head of the pancreas.
Courvoisier law - enlargement of the gallbladder with jaundice is likely to result from carcinoma of the head of the pancreas and not from a stone in the common duct. Synonym(s): Courvoisier sign
Courvoisier sign - Synonym(s): Courvoisier law