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Internal bleeding due to haematoma. Abdomen of a patient with a large retroperitoneal haematoma, an accumulation of blood in the retroperitoneal space. This is the space behind the peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal cavity. Bleeding into this space can be a sign of several serious and sometimes fatal conditions, including acute pancreatitis. This patient has internal bleeding around the umbilicus (Cullen's sign) and along the abdominal flanks (Grey-Turner's sign), both indicative of pancreatic necrosis.
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