Cullen's sign


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Cullen's sign

 [kul´enz]
bluish discoloration around the umbilicus sometimes occurring in intraperitoneal hemorrhage, especially following rupture of the fallopian tube in ectopic pregnancy. A similar discoloration is seen in acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.
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We describe a case of a contained rupture of the internal iliac artery aneurysm presenting as Cullen's sign.
Periumbilical ecchymosis, or Cullen's sign, is the discolouration of the skin around the umbilicus.
This case shows that when Cullen's sign is encountered, it signifies bleeding and the source need to be determined with urgency.