Grey Turner’s sign refers to bruising of the flanks. The bruising appears as a blue discoloration, and is a sign of retroperitoneal hemorrhage, or bleeding behind the peritoneum, which is a lining of the abdominal cavity. Grey Turner’s sign takes 24–48 hours to develop, and can predict a severe attack of acute pancreatitis.
- Acute pancreatitis
- Pancreatic hemorrhage
- Retroperitoneal hemorrhage
- Blunt abdominal trauma
- Ruptured / hemorrhagic ectopic pregnancy.
- Spontaneous bleeding secondary to coagulopathy (congenital or acquired)
- Aortic rupture, from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm or other causes.