Cullen Versus Grey Turner

Cullen Sign

  • Umbilical bruising
  • Memory aid: Cullenbilical

Grey Turner Sign

  • Flank bruising
  • Memory aid: the one that is not Cullenbilical


  • Both are indicative of abdominal wall haemorrhage, acute pancreatitis


  1. Wright WF. Cullen Sign and Grey Turner Sign Revisited. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2016;116(6):398–401. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2016.081.

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