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    Ranson's Criteria for Pancreatitis Mortality

    Estimates mortality of patients with pancreatitis, based on initial and 48-hour lab values.
    When to Use

    Calculated on admission, and at 48 hours, to estimate mortality from pancreatitis.

    On Admission
    48 Hours Into Admission


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    Helps determine the disposition of the patient, with a higher score corresponding to a higher level of care.


    Addition of the assigned points.

    Facts & Figures

    Ranson's Criteria was developed in the 1970s to address pancreatitis mortality; however, it may over-estimate mortality given its study and development 30-40 years ago. The BISAP Score requires fewer patient variables and is likely just as accurate -- if not moreso -- than Ranson's criteria for predicting adverse outcome in patients with acute pancreatitis.

    Dr. John H.C. Ranson

    About the Creator

    John H. C. Ranson, MD, (d. 1995) was a surgeon and director of the division of general surgery at the NYU. He helped improve the treatment of pancreatitis and developed a widely used system for predicting the outcome of pancreatic disease. Dr. Ranson was the co-author of Acute Pancreatitis.

    To view Dr. John H.C. Ranson's publications, visit PubMed