Emergencies of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas

Troy W. Privette, Matthew C. Carlisle, James K. Palma

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Abstract

Abdominal pain is a common presenting complaint in today's emergency department (ED). Disorders related to the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas are responsible for many of these presentations. With the increasing prevalence of gallstones, as well as alcohol use and abuse, the numbers of cases are likely to increase. This article examines hepatic emergencies including alcoholic hepatitis, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatorenal syndrome, and hepatic encephalopathy. In addition, the authors review the presentation, evaluation, and management of acute biliary tract disorders with some emphasis on bedside ultrasonography. Evaluation and treatment of pancreatitis and its complications in the ED are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-317
Number of pages25
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Gallbladder
Hospital Emergency Service
Pancreas
Emergencies
Hepatorenal Syndrome
Alcoholic Hepatitis
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Liver
Biliary Tract
Gallstones
Peritonitis
Pancreatitis
Abdominal Pain
Alcoholism
Ultrasonography
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Choledocholithiasis
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Hepatorenal syndrome
  • Pancreatitis
  • Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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Emergencies of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas. / Privette, Troy W.; Carlisle, Matthew C.; Palma, James K.

In: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2011, p. 293-317.

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Privette, Troy W. ; Carlisle, Matthew C. ; Palma, James K. / Emergencies of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas. In: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. 2011 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 293-317.
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