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Emergency Medical Minute


Dec 19, 2022

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


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