Courvoisier law

Cour·voi·si·er law

(kūr-vwah-zē-ā'),
painless 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, because in the latter the gallbladder is usually scarred from infection and does not distend.
Synonym(s): Courvoisier sign

Cour·voi·si·er law

(kūr-vwah'zē-ā' law)
Painless 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, because in the latter the gallbladder is usually scarred from infection and does not distend.

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