Causes of pancreatitis (mnemonic)

Dr Dan J Bell and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

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

  • I GET SMASHED

Mnemonic

  • I: idiopathic
  • G: gallstones
  • E: ethanol (alcohol)
  • T: trauma
  • S: steroids 
  • M: mumps (and other infections) / malignancy
  • A: autoimmune
  • S: scorpion stings/spider bites
  • H: hyperlipidaemia/hypercalcaemia/hyperparathyroidism (metabolic disorders)
  • E: ERCP
  • D: drugs

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

Pancreatic pathology
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rID: 22915
Section: Mnemonics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • GET SMASHED
  • I GET SMASHED
  • Causes of acute pancreatitis (mnemonic)

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