Acute Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is diagnosed by a combination of clinical features (epigastric pain with radiation to back, nausea/vomiting etc) and diagnostic tests (lipase 3x normal, CT scan) A RUQ US should be performed looking for gallstones as this finding significantly alters management The focus of management is on supportive care. IV fluids, while central to therapy, should […]

Ticking Time Bombs

Several of the conditions discussed here can easily be overlooked because they may present, at least initially, with non-concerning symptoms. However, they have the ability to cause serious harm. Remember, Address abnormal vital signs or have a cohesive explanation as to why you are not addressing them. Abnormal vital signs without a clear explanation, as well […]

The Pregnant Peritonitis

The gravid uterus can mask the signs of peritoneal irritation (guarding, rigidity and rebound tenderness) by preventing the inflamed organ from contacting the peritoneum. Due to increased white blood cells that naturally occur during pregnancy, leukocytosis is not helpful in identifying acute pathology. A relative increase in blood volume can delay the development of tachycardia […]

Pancreatitis risk stratification (BISAP)

Bedside Index of Severity in Acute Pancreatitis (BISAP), a simple tool ideal for rapid risk-stratification. The tool is based on a 5-point score, derived from 5 parameters collected within a patient’s first 24 hours in hospital.

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