The Mercedes-Benz sign describes a star-shaped pattern of gas-fissuring within gallstones initially described on an abdominal radiograph 2.
Fissures, usually fluid-filled, are present in close to 50% of gallstones. Less than half of these fissured gallstones contain some amount of gas 1. The radiolucency caused by the gas usually appears in a triradiate pattern, mimicking the Mercedes-Benz logo.
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- 2. Meyers MA, O'donohue N. The Mercedes-Benz sign: insight into the dynamics of formation and disappearance of gallstones. Am J Roentgenol Radium Ther Nucl Med. 1973;119 (1): 63-70. - Pubmed citation