25 Acute Pancreatitis

Acute Pancreatitis

Using the Atlanta criteria, acute pancreatitis is diagnosed when a patient presents with two of three findings, including 

  • abdominal pain suggestive of pancreatitis
  • serum amylase and/or lipase levels at least three times the normal level
  • characteristic findings on imaging

Ranson Criteria are used to estimate mortality from pancreatitis.

  • Calculated on admission, and at 48 hours


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  2. https://www.mdcalc.com/ransons-criteria-pancreatitis-mortality