B vitamins

If you are like me, you probably have to resort to google every time you come across the B vitamins. I finally got fed up enough to make a memory aid for the purpose of remembering which B vitamin is which, in ascending order. Since B12 is found in meat products, the mnemonic tells the story of a chef ordering his sous-chef around over a plate of ribs. :)

“These ribs need paprika. Pile it on boy. Faster, come!”

These: Thiamine = B1

Ribs: Riboflavin = B2

Need: Niacin = B3

Paprika: Pantothenic acid = B5

Pyle: Pyridoxine = B6

Boy: Biotin = B7

Faster: Folate = B9

Come: Cobalamine = B12

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To those in Quebec, I hope you had a wonderful St. Jean!

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The shocking edition

Remembering the different types of shock is shockingly easy!

S: Septic
H: Hypovolemic
O: Obstructive
C: Cardiogenic
K: Anaphylactic (The “K” is for the hard “C” in “lactic“)

I’ve seen the following mnemonic for the causes of acute pancreatitis in a few places and it certainly gets points for creativity. “I GET SMASHED”:

I: Idiopathic

G: Gallstones
E: Ethanol
T: Trauma

S: Steroids
M: Microbiological (namely, Mumps)
A: Autoimmune (e.g. SLE, Crohn’s)
S: Scorpion bite
H: Hyperlipidemia (also hypercalcemia, hypothermia)
E: ERCP
D: Drugs

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Happy Father’s Day and thanks for reading!

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Embryology special: Terrible twos

On this 2nd day of June, The Weekly Mnemonic is all about twos. Enjoy these 2 well-known mnemonics that make use of the number “2”.

DiGeorge syndrome, also known as the 22q11.2 syndrome, has a variable presentation and the possible presenting features can be remembered as a “CATCH-22”:

C: Cardiac abnormalities (e.g. tetralogy of Fallot)
A: Abnormal facial features
T: Thymic aplasia
C: Cleft palate
H: Hypoparathyroidism/Hypocalcemia

22: The chromosomal anomaly involved is a deletion on the 22nd chromosome

Meckel’s Diverticulum can be well described using the “rule of twos”:

2% percent of the population
2 times more common in males
2 years is commonly the age of presentation
2 feet proximal from the ileocecal valve
2 types of ectopic tissue can be found: gastric and pancreatic

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