Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis

In this section, I’ll outline important facts about Acute Pancreatitis and Chronic Pancreatitis that most residents and hospitalists should be aware of.     Acute Pancreatitis Hospitalists, listen up!  This is the #1 GI cause of hospitalization in the States. Clinically: c/c severe epigastric pain 80% are classified as “Mild Pancreatitis” Recovery within few days 20% are classified as either Moderate or Severe Moderate:  pancreatic … Continue reading Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis

Microscopic Colitis

In patients that complain of long-standing, watery diarrhea, consider Microscopic Colitis.   Microscopic Colitis 10-15% of patients with aforementioned symptoms. Typical profile:  Old people with unrevealing gross colonoscopy exam. MUST biopsy, since the differential includes Celiac and IBS. Subtypes Lymphocytic and Collagenous colitis Pathophysiology Unknown, may be due to PPIs or NSAIDs Important!  Test for other concomitant diseases, as MC can be found with: Autoimmune:  Diabetes (A1C) and/or … Continue reading Microscopic Colitis