Validating the 5Fs mnemonic for cholelithiasis: time to include family history.
Body Mass Index
Medical History Taking
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CitationValidating the 5Fs mnemonic for cholelithiasis: time to include family history. 2013, 89 (1057):638-41 Postgrad Med J
JournalPostgraduate medical journal
AbstractThe time-honoured mnemonic of '5Fs' is a reminder to students that patients with upper abdominal pain and who conform to a profile of 'fair, fat, female, fertile and forty' are likely to have cholelithiasis. We feel, however, that a most important 'F'-that for 'family history'-is overlooked and should be introduced to enhance the value of a useful aide memoire.