Inflammatory Bowel Disease⚡Mnemonic⚡

Here are all the mnemonics you ever wanted on ⚡Inflammatory Bowel Disease⚡. These mnemonics covers all aspects of the disease/health condition 

  1. Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: DIGEST
    D – Diet and lifestyle factors
    I – Immune system dysfunction
    G – Genetic predisposition
    E – Environmental triggers (smoking, pollution)
    S – Stress
    T – Tummy infections (gastrointestinal)

  2. Triggers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: STRESS GUT
    S – Stressful life events
    T – Tobacco use
    R – Refined foods
    E – Excessive NSAID use
    S – Sleep disturbances
    S – Steroid use
    G – Gut microbiota imbalance
    U – Unhealthy diet
    T – Travel-related infections

  3. Risk Factors For Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: FAMILY
    F – Family history of IBD
    A – Age (usually diagnosed before 30)
    M – Medications (NSAIDs, antibiotics)
    I – Immune system abnormalities
    L – Lifestyle (western diet, smoking)
    Y – Young adults more frequently affected

  4. Warning Signs of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: CRAMPS
    C – Chronic diarrhea
    R – Rectal bleeding
    A – Abdominal pain
    M – Mucus in stool
    P – Persistent bowel habit changes
    S – Systemic symptoms (fever, fatigue)

  5. Predisposing Factors of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: DIET GENE
    D – Diet high in processed foods
    I – Infections (gastrointestinal)
    E – Environmental factors (pollution, smoking)
    T – Travel to areas with poor sanitation
    G – Genetic susceptibility
    E – Excessive antibiotic use
    N – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) use
    E – Ethnicity (more common in Ashkenazi Jewish)

  6. Signs & Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: DRAINAGE
    D – Diarrhea
    R – Rectal bleeding
    A – Anemia
    I – Intestinal obstruction (in severe cases)
    N – Nutritional deficiencies
    A – Abdominal pain and cramping
    G – Gastrointestinal complications (fistulas, abscesses)
    E – Eye and skin complications (uveitis, erythema nodosum)

  7. Characteristic Findings In Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: ULCERS
    U – Ulcerations in the gut lining
    L – Loss of normal bowel function
    C – Colon involvement (in ulcerative colitis)
    E – Elevated inflammatory markers
    R – Rectal inflammation
    S – Skip lesions (in Crohn’s disease)

  8. Clinical Features of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: PAINFUL
    P – Pain (abdominal)
    A – Anorexia or weight loss
    I – Irregular bowel habits
    N – Nutritional deficiencies
    F – Fever (low-grade)
    U – Ulceration symptoms
    L – Lethargy or fatigue

  9. What Should Be Avoided In Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: IRRITANTS
    I – Inflammatory foods (spicy, high-fat)
    R – Roughage (high fiber can aggravate symptoms)
    R – Refined sugar
    I – Irritating medications (NSAIDs)
    T – Tobacco and alcohol
    A – Anxiety and stress
    N – Non-compliance with medication
    T – Trigger foods (personal triggers vary)
    S – Sedentary lifestyle

  10. Drugs Used To Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: AIM BITE
    A – Aminosalicylates
    I – Immunosuppressants
    M – Monoclonal antibodies (biologics)
    B – Biologic therapies
    I – Immune modulators
    T – TNF inhibitors
    E – Enteral nutrition (as part of therapy)

  11. Drugs To Avoid In Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: NSAID NAH
    N – NSAIDs (can worsen symptoms)
    S – Steroids (long-term use)
    A – Antibiotics (unnecessary use)
    I – Iron supplements (may aggravate gut)
    D – Dairy (if lactose intolerant)
    N – Narcotics (risk of dependency and constipation)
    A – Alcohol
    H – High-fiber supplements (if they worsen symptoms)

  12. Radiological Features of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: GUT SCAN
    G – Granulomas (in Crohn’s)
    U – Ulcerations
    T – Thickening of bowel wall
    S – Strictures formation
    C – Cobblestone appearance (Crohn’s)
    A – Abscess formation
    N – Non-caseating granulomas (Crohn’s)

  13. Diagnostic Tests for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: SCOPE IT
    S – Stool tests (for infection, inflammation)
    C – Colonoscopy
    O – Oscopy (endoscopy for upper GI)
    P – Pathology (biopsy from colonoscopy)
    E – Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) for inflammation
    I – Imaging (MRI, CT scan of abdomen)
    T – Total blood count (for anemia)

  14. Laboratory Findings In Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: INFLAME
    I – Increased CRP and ESR
    N – Neutrophilic leukocytosis
    F – Fecal calprotectin elevation
    L – Low hemoglobin (anemia)
    A – Alkaline phosphatase (may be raised)
    M – Malabsorption indicators (vitamin deficiencies)
    E – Electrolyte imbalances

  15. Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: SCARF
    S – Strictures
    C – Colorectal cancer risk increased
    A – Abscesses
    R – Rheumatological complications (arthritis)
    F – Fistulas (particularly in Crohn’s)

  16. Differential Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Mnemonic: DIGESTIVE
    D – Diverticulitis
    I – Infectious colitis
    G – Gastroenteritis
    E – Endometriosis (may mimic symptoms)
    S – SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
    T – Tuberculosis (intestinal)
    I – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    V – Vascular ischemia (intestinal)
    E – Enteropathy (drug-induced)

Dr. Arin Nandi

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