Williams Bryan

Williams McIver Bryan, Jr (1917 - 2007)

Williams McIver Bryan, Jr (1917 – 2007) was an American obstetrician and gynecologist.

Remembered for Bryan sign (1955) clinical sign of appendicitis in pregnancy of right lower quadrant pain elicited when the gravid uterus is shifted to the right side.


Biography

  • Born 24 Jun 1917 in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1944 – Graduated medical school; Medical College of South Carolina
  • 1950 – Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia General Hospital, South Carolina
  • Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Columbia Hospital (now Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital)
  • Fred Adair Teaching Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Died 30 Oct 2007 in Columbia, South Carolina

Medical Eponyms

Bryan Sign (1955)

Bryan presented at the 17th meeting of the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on ‘Surgical Emergencies in Pregnancy and in the Puerperium’

In appendicitis, pressure on a pregnant uterus from the left side will often elicit pain in the right lower or middle quadrant.

Bryan 1955: 1205

Kurtz et al found that the most reliable clinical sign of appendicitis in pregnancy of right lower quadrant pain elicited when the gravid uterus is shifted to the right side. Bryan sign had an accuracy rate of 83.8% followed by rebound tenderness (68.6%) in diagnosing appendicitis during pregnancy.


Major Publications


References


eponymictionary CTA

eponym

the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and informatics. Asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | vocortex |

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.