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Causes of pancreatitis (mnemonic)

A catchy and early learnt mnemonic for recalling some of the causes of pancreatitis is:



  • I: idiopathic
  • G: gallstones, genetic - cystic fibrosis
  • E: ethanol (alcohol)
  • T: trauma
  • S: steroids
  • M: mumps (and other infections) / malignancy
  • A: autoimmune
  • S: scorpion stings/spider bites
  • H: hyperlipidemia/hypercalcemia/hyperparathyroidism (metabolic disorders)
  • E: ERCP
  • D: drugs

The first four letters also represent the most common causes of pancreatitis.

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