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Courvoisier law

Pronunciation: kur-vwah-ze-a'

Definition: 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

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