Flashcards in Biliary Tract + Pancreatic Disease Deck (36)
Women get gallstones more commonly than men. True/False?
Most people with gallstones are asymptomatic. True/False?
How do gallstones form?
Abnormal bile composition (usually due to excess cholesterol) causes hardening of bile
List some risk factors for developing gallstones (think of the 5 F's)
Fair (i.e. white skin)
There once was a fat forty-year-old fair female with a foetus.
What is acute cholecystitis?
Obstruction of cystic duct by stone causing inflammation of the gall bladder
List some investigations for diagnosing gallstones
Outline treatment for acute cholecystitis
IV antibiotics + fluids
What is the 2nd most common hepatobiliary cancer?
What is the only chance of cure of cholangiocarcinoma?
Severe acute pancreatitis is associated with multi-organ failure and complications. True/False?
List some obstructive causes of acute pancreatitis
Pancreatic duct stricture
Tumours of ampulla or pancreas
What is the most common toxin that causes acute pancreatitis?
List some viral causes of acute pancreatitis
GET SMASHED is a mnemonic for causes of pancreatitis. What does it stand for?
List blood tests that would be done for acute pancreatitis
Amylase, glucose, Ca, lipase
List imaging that would be done for acute pancreatitis
CT scan, MRI
What may be seen on CXR for acute pancreatitis (common exam buzzword)?
Also pleural effusion in later stages
Glasgow Prognostic Score involves using the mnemonic PANCREAS to assess severity of pancreatitis. How many factors on this score indicate severe pancreatitis?
3 or more factors
List typical symptoms of acute pancreatitis
Epigastric pain radiating to the back
Loss of appetite
Hypoglycaemia and hypocalcaemia can complicate acute pancreatitis. True/False?
Hyperglycaemia, not hypo, and hypocalcaemia
What is a pseudocyst?
Walled-off fluid collection
How might a pseudocyst be treated?
Endoscopic or surgical drainage
What is involved in a cystgastrostomy?
Create a fistula between the pseudocyst and stomach, so that its contents drain into the stomach
Prophylactic antibiotics play a key role in the treatment of acute pancreatitis. True/False?
Where used should be short-term defined period
What are the 3 major consequences of chronic pancreatitis?
What is the commonest cause of chronic pancreatitis?
What diseases is hereditary chronic pancreatitis associated with?
What would a CT scan of chronic pancreatitis likely show?
Calcification of pancreas
Dilated pancreatic duct
Outline essential treatment for chronic pancreatitis
Endocrine function - address diabetes
Exocrine function - enzyme supplements (CREON)
Pain - opioids, paracetamol, NSAIDs