Acute pancreatitis severity criteria (mnemonic)

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 09 Aug 2021

A mnemonic to remember the severity criteria for acute pancreatitis is:

  • PANCREAS

Mnemonic

  • P: PAO2 <8 kpA
  • A: age >55 years
  • N: neutrophilia (WBC >15 x 109 / L)
  • C: calcium <2 mmol/L
  • R: renal (urea >16 mmol/L)
  • E: enzymes (LDH >600 IU/L and AST >200 IU/L)
  • A: albumin (serum) <32 g/L
  • S: sugar (blood glucose) >10 mmol/L

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