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How are pancreas functions classified?

1) Exocrine
2) Endocrine


What are exocrine pancreatic functions?

Release of digestive enzymes and sodium bicarb into GI tract (85% of pancreas responsible for this)


Where are digestive enzymes and bicarbonate produced?

Pancreas in the acini cells


What does amylase, lipase, and trypsin break down?

Carbs, fats, and proteins respectively


What does the sphincter of Oddi do?

When food enters duodenum, sphincter of Oddi relaxes and releases digestive enzymes and sodium bicarb into the duodenum


What are endocrine pancreatic functions?

Release of substance into the blood, pancreatic cells clustered around blood capillaries (Islets of Langerhans) responsible for serum glucose regulation

Only 2% of gland responsible for this


What do beta cells do?

Release insulin into the blood, shifts sugar from blood into cells


What do alpha cells do?

Release glucagon into the blood, shifts glycogen (stored sugars) into the blood


Why is glycemic control important in ICU?

Reduces mortality by 42%, reduce renal failure and septicemia


What is the basic pathophys of pancreatitis?

In pancreatic, normally inactive digestive enzymes become activated and begin to digest pancreatic tissue (autodigestion)


What are the two main classifications of pancreatitis?

1) Chronic
2) Acute
(Mild acute, moderate acute, severe acute)


What is chronic pancreatitis?

Slow, gradual destruction of pancreas. Most common etiology is alcohol consumption.

Destruction persists despite removal of causative agent.


What is acute pancreatitis?

Sudden autodigestion of the pancreas due to a specific causative agent. Associated with inflammation, hemorrhage, necrosis.

Once causative agent addressed, complete resolution of disease usually occurs.


What are the most common etiologies of acute pancreatitis?

Alcohol consumption, gallstones


What is the difference between the 3 types of acute pancreatitis?

1) Mild acute pancreatitis (No organ failure)
2) Moderate acute pancreatitis (Organ failure resolves within 48hrs, some local / systemic complications but not persistent)

3) Severe acute pancreatitis (Persistent organ failure with systemic complications, requires ICU admission)


What is trypsinogen and why is it significant for pancreatitis?

Is a digestive enzyme produced in the pancreas, remains inactive while in pancreas normally. When it enters duodenum, it activates into trypsin and breaks down proteins in the GI tract. In pancreatitis, trypsinogen activates early into trypsin while still in the pancreas and starts auto-digestion


What are the phases of severe acute pancreatitis?

Phase 1)
Trypsinogen early activates into trypsin while in the pancreas and starts auto-digesting pancreatic proteins. Trypsin starts a cascade activating other pancreatic digestive enzymes

Phase 2)
Early activated enzymes cause localized damage to pancreas. Breakdown of blood vessels cause bleeding, breakdown of fatty acids necrotize the pancreas. Damaged cells release pro-inflammatory cytokines and cause inflammation.

Phase 3)
Enzymes and pro-inflammatory mediators spread to other organs in the body leading to systemic damage. Digestive enzymes leak to liver, stomach, spleen, diaphragm. Organs suffer from systemic inflammation


What are neuro manifestations of pancreatitis?

Restlessness, decreased LOC, coma


What are respiratory manifestations of pancreatitis?

Atelectasis, decreased air entry, hypoxia, pleural effusions, resp distress


What are cardiovascular manifestations of pancreatitis?

Tachycardia, hypotension, edema, shock, low grade fever


What are the GI manifestations of pancreatitis?

Dull epigastric pain radiating to back, nausea and vomiting, hypoactive bowel sounds, intra-abdominal hypertension, TURNER's and CULLEN's SIGN


What are GU manifestations of pancreatitis?

Oliguria, anuria


How is acute pancreatitis diagnosed?

2 of the 3 findings:

1) Presentation of pain consistent with disease (epigastric, radiating to left side, back, flank, constant severe)

2) Elevated lipase or amylase (3 times the upper limit)

3) Abnormal CT or MRI imaging


What are common lab changes for acute pancreatitis?

Elevated amylase, lipase, bilirubin, liver enzymes (AST/ALT/ALP), triglycerides, WBCs, serum glucose

Hypocalcemia, decreased albumin, metabolic acidosis


What happens to the patient in ICU for acute pancreatitis?

First two weeks characterized by multi-system organ failure and inflammation (systemic inflammatory response syndrome SIRS)

Afterwards pt is at high risk of infection due to necrotic pancreatic tissues. Pt is immunocompromised so nosocomial infections are common.


Is routine use of antibiotics for acute pancreatitis recommended in ICU?

NO, prophylactic antibiotics NOT recommended


What are some recommendations for acute pancreatitis management?

Goal to identify and reverse cause, provide supportive care, and treat complications.

Aggressive hydration within first 24hrs (250-500mls/hr), enteral nutrition, U/S and CT, prophylactic antibiotics NOT recommended


Where are the adrenal glands?

Found on top of each kidney


What are the 2 components of the adrenal gland?

1) Outer cortex
2) Inner medulla


What hormones are formed by the outer cortex?

1) Glucocorticoids (Cortisol)
2) Mineralcorticoids (Aldosterone)
3) Sex hormones (Testosterone)