Courvoisier's law


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Related to Courvoisier's law: Murphy's sign, Charcot's triad, Courvoisier's sign

Courvoisier's law

Disease processes associated with prior inflammation of the gallbladder (e.g., gallstones) produce scarring, which prevents enlargement of the gland. When the common bile duct is obstructed by cancer, the gallbladder becomes palpably dilated. See: Courvoisier's sign