Category Archive: GI

May 26 2014

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Mnemonic

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common problem and is often self-diagnosed by patients. It is also a common topic seen on the boards. The official definition of IBS was made by the Rome Foundation as the Rome III Diagnostic Criterion. A patient has to fit this definition for at least the last 3 …

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Jul 22 2012

Charcot’s Triad Mnemonic

The components of Charcot’s triad are very high yield on the boards and are important to know on hospital rotations as well. In order to remember what the three signs/symptoms are and what they help to diagnose, all you need to look at are the first three letters!

ChArcot’s Triad is for Ascending Cholangitis. CHArcot’s …

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Feb 17 2012

Top 10 Clinical Criteria/Scoring Systems for Internists and Medical Students

Clinical scoring systems, clinical criteria, and clinical prediction rules are used widely in medicine and academics. They are used to aid physicians in their clinical decision making and finalizing a diagnosis. Although they should never be used in place of a physician’s sound clinical judgment, they are great clinical tools and methodologies used to organize …

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Jan 29 2012

Grey-Turner’s Sign and Cullen’s Sign Mnemonic

Grey-Turner’s sign and Cullen’s sign can be easily confused with one another, because they are both characterized by the same physical findings in different locations.

Grey-Turner’s sign is located on the flanks, whereas Cullen’s sign is located around the umbilicus (periumbilical).

These signs can be seen when bleeding occurs inside the abdomen or in the …

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