A 58-year-old woman comes to the emergency room complaining that her skin is turning yellow. The doctor performs a physical examination, which reveals that the woman is suffering from moderate jaundice. There is no abdominal pain and she also has a negative Murphy’s sign. The physician becomes concerned that he is able to feel the patient’s non-tender gallbladder. A CT scan is therefore ordered.
What could be the most likely cause of the woman’s jaundice?
A- Acute hepatitis
B- Gall bladder stones
C- Hemolytic anemia
D- Pancreatic cancer
The patient is suffering from pancreatic cancer. This is proven during the physical exam, wherein the patient demonstrates Courvoisier’s sign, that is jaundice and a palpable, non-tender, and an enlarged gallbladder. This is a commonly found in patients having cancer of the head of the pancreas, which is blocking the gallbladder from emptying its contents.
The correct answer is D
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