Paralytic ileus (mnemonic)

Dr Henry Knipe and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

A mnemonic for the common causes of paralytic ileus is:

  • 5 Ps


The classic "5 Ps" are:

However, there are a few further Ps that can be included:

  • P: pancreatitis
  • P: Parkinson medication
  • P: painkillers, e.g. opioids
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rID: 7216
Section: Mnemonics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • 5 P's of ileus
  • 5 Pees

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