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Causes of pancreatitis (mnemonic)

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

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Mnemonic

  • I - idiopathic
  • S - steroids
  • M - mumps (and other infections) / malignancy
  • A - autoimmune
  • S - scorpion stings/spider bites
  • H - hyperlipidemia/hypercalcemia (metabolic disorders)
  • E - ERCP
  • D - drugs

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

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