Podcast 839: Causes of Pancreatitis - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 839: Causes of Pancreatitis

Contributor: Travis Barlock, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • The causes of pancreatitis can be remembered with the mnemonic: “GET SMASHED” 
    • G: Gallstones (Most common cause of pancreatitis overall) 
    • E: Ethanol (Alcohol consumption is the most common cause of chronic pancreatitis)
    • T: Trauma 
    • S: Steroids
    • M: Malignancy
    • A: Autoimmune 
    • S: Scorpion Sting
    • H: Hypertryglyceridemia 
    • E: ERCP
    • D: Drugs (e.g. Valproate, Antiretrovirals) 



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Lankisch PG, Apte M, Banks PA. Acute pancreatitis [published correction appears in Lancet. 2015 Nov 21;386(10008):2058]. Lancet. 2015;386(9988):85-96. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60649-8


Summarized by Kirsten Hughes, MS4 | Edited by John Spartz, MD, & Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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