Turtleback sign

Turtleback sign, also referred as tortoise shell appearance, represents a characteristic appearance of chronic hepatic schistosomiasis in which dystrophic calcifications within a polygonal network of fibrous septae are seen in the periphery, often perpendicular to the liver capsule, resembling the turtle's carapace. It is considered pathognomonic for hepatic schistosomiasis due to Schistosoma japonicum 2.

Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 47953
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Turtle-shell appearance
  • Turtleback liver
  • Turtle-back liver
  • Tortoise shell appearance

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