Run Time: 5 minutes
Author: Dr. Samuel Killian
- Acute pancreatitis care can be very different from someone with chronic pancreatitis – mortality rate is high at 6-10% for acute pancreatitis.
- 90% of pancreatitis cases are from alcohol and biliary disease. The remainder of cases are from medication, auto-immune, trauma, hyperlipidemia, and idiopathic causes.
- True diagnosis of pancreatitis needs 2-5 times the normal lipase level – appendicitis and trauma may elevate lipase level.
- Signs of significant dehydration, significant hypoperfusion, or any evidence of SIRS criteria generally indicated that a patient will become very sick.
- There are multiple scoring systems for admission and treatment options – Ranson’s criteria, APACHE 2 criteria.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/pancreatitis/