Flashcards in Endocrinology Deck (180):
What are some signs of diabetic autonomic neuropathy?
Which enzyme is blocked by orlistat?
Leads to undigested fat passing out as unpleasant oily compound, patients are rapidly self educated as to what appropriate food to eat
Which hormone leads to enhanced insulin release?
Produced in small intestine
Leads to slowing of gastric transit time, satiety and enhanced insulin release
Which hormone promotes hyperglycaemia?
A 43 year old man with type 2 diabetes is seen in the hepatology clinic with an alt of 189. He denies alcohol consumption. Liver biopsy demonstrates macrovesicular steatosis with centrolobular inflammatory infiltrate and mild fibrosis. What is the most likely diagnosis?
Non alcoholic fatty liver disease
Driven by metabolic syndrome in particular central adiposity and insulin resistance
An 88 year old woman has been treated with glibenclamide for 10 years. She has become increasingly confused over last few months in her nursing home and one morning is found unconscious in her soaked bed. Her pupils are dilated and react sluggishly to light. What is the likely complication?
Recurrent hypoglycaemic episodes
Occurs more frequently with long acting sulfonylureas such as glibenclamide
76 year old man treated with metformin and glibenclamide for 20 years. He complains of sudden onset diplopia. He has right sided ptosis and is unable to adduct his right eye. Pupils are equal and react normally to light. What is the likely complication?
Mononeuropathy affecting the 3rd nerve
Classically painless and pupil is spared
75 year old man treated with insulin for 40 years. Complains of gradually failing vision and difficulty reading the newspaper. Pupils are both small but react equally to light. Visual acuity is 6/18 in both eyes but falls to 6/36 when using a pinhole. Fundoscopy reveals scattered dots, blots and exudates in the peripheral retina. What is the likely complication?
He has background retinopathy but this would not account for his visual loss
55 year old woman treated with glibenclamide for 5 years. Complains of severe pain in both feet and legs. Muscle bulk appears normal but tone and power assessment is limited by her pain. Reports subjective loss of light touch sensation. Joint position sense and ankle jerks are impaired. What is the likely complication?
Peripheral sensory neuropathy
Where are leydig cells found? What do they do?
Between seminiferous tubules
Produce androgens in men: including testosterone
Where are Sertoli cells? What do they do?
Arranged into tubular structures with a lumen: seminiferous tubules
Have basal compartment where spermatogonia divide and a luminal compartment where spermatids mature
Testosterone diffuses into Sertoli cells where it is converted to more active form: 5-hydroxytestosterone
What cell type is found in the epididymis?
Tall columnar epithelial cells with atypical long microvilli
They phagocytose dead spermatozoa and produce substances which aid in sperm maturation
According to NICE, bariatric surgery is a treatment option for people with obesity if what criteria are fulfilled?
All appropriate non-surgical measures have been tried
Person has been receiving or will receive intensive management in a tier 3 service
Person is generally fit for anaesthesia and surgery
Person commits to the need for long-term follow-up
Patients who have recent onset T2DM and a BMI of 35
Patients without co-morbidities and a BMI of 40
What are the categories of obesity?
Healthy weight: 18.5–24.9
Obesity I: 30–34.9
Obesity II: 35–39.9
Obesity III: 40 or more
NICE recommends using different thresholds for BMI to trigger action to prevent type 2 diabetes among Asian (South Asian and Chinese), black African and African-Caribbean populations.
What are the BMI thresholds to identify (a) increased risk, and (b) high risk, in these populations?
23-27.4 kg/m2: increased risk
27.5 kg/m2 or higher: high risk of developing chronic health conditions
Orlistat is an approved drug for the treatment of obesity available on prescription. What is its mechanism of action?
Orlistat inhibits the action of lipase in the GI tract so 30% less dietary fat is absorbed, resulting in lower calorie intake
What proportion of women were classified as obese in England in 2014 (Health Survey for England)?
In which two school years is the National Child Measurement Programme carried out in England?
Reception (age 4-5) and Year 6 (age 10-11)
A 43 year old patient with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes mellitus presents with sudden, painful visual loss. He is non compliant with his therapy and has known diabetic nephropathy and peripheral neuropathy. What is the likely cause of his painful visual loss?
Neovascular glaucoma - proliferative diabetic neuropathy involves growth of new blood vessels. These can grow over the lens and into the anterior chamber, blocking the trabecular meshwork and causing a type of acute angle closure glaucoma which presents as painful visual loss and a hazy cornea, associated with nausea and vomiting
In what ways does vitamin D lead to raised serum calcium levels?
Increases calcium absorption in the small intestine
Increases calcium reabsorption in the renal parenchyma
What effect does hypercalcaemia have on parathyroid hormone levels?
Hypercalcaemia inhibits PTH release
What are the effects of parathyroid hormone?
Enhances osteoclast activity by binding to osteoblasts which increases their expression of RANKL and inhibits their expression of OPG. RANKL binds to RANK stimulates osteoclast precursors to be activated
Increases calcium reabsorption in kidney but inhibits reabsorption of phosphate
Stimulates conversion of 25hydroxy vitamin D to calcitriol via 25hydroxy vitamin D3, 1 alpha hydroxylase enzyme
Enhances absorption of calcium in intestine by increasing vit D levels
Which vessel does the recurrent laryngeal nerve run close to which means it is at risk of damage in thyroid surgery?
Inferior thyroid artery
What is whipples triad?
For diagnosis of true Hypoglycaemia:
Presence of hypoglycaemia on a lab sample
Signs/symptoms consistent with hypoglycaemia
Resolution of signs/symptoms when blood glucose normalises
List 5 drugs which are associated with causing pancreatitis
Chemo with cisplatin/vinca alkaloids
Radiotherapy: chronic pancreatitis
What is a differential for bilateral facial nerve palsy with bilateral parotid swelling?
What clinical feature might be expected in a patient with a deficiency of glycogen synthase?
What are the 2 main stimuli for glycogen formation?
Presence of insulin
Rising glucose level in the blood
What enzymes are required for glycogen formation?
Glucose 1 phosphate uridyltransferase
What enzymes are required for glycogen degradation ?
What is the difference between cushings disease and Cushing's syndrome?
Disease: pituitary adenoma secreting acth leading to adrenal hyperplasia
Syndrome: anything leading to chronic glucocorticoid excess
What is the typical cushingoid appearance?
Supraclavicular fat deposition
What is phaechromocytoma? What symptoms does it produce?
Catecholamine producing tumour
Causes secondary hypertension
Palpitations, sweating, headaches particularly during exercise
What symptoms would you expect with acromegaly?
Prominent facial features
What is Wemer syndrome?
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1
Tumours affecting 3 Ps: pituitary, parathyroids and pancreas
Pituitary symptoms: headache, acromegaly and gynaecomastia
Zollinger Ellison syndrome due to gastrin: duodenal ulcers
What is sipple syndrome?
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type II
Parathyroid, medullary thyroid and phaechromocytoma
What is lynch syndrome?
Hereditary non polyposis colorectal carcinoma
What are pigmented palmar creases a sign of?
What electrolyte abnormality would you expect in a patient with Addison's disease?
Hyponatraemia and hyperkalaemia
What may be symptoms of Addison's disease?
Nausea and vomiting
A 22 year old man presents with a short history of thirst, weight loss and polyuria. A random capillary glucose is 32mmol/L. During the examination it is difficult to get an o2 sats reading. What aspect of his management is vital to his immediate survival?
DKA can require an enormous amount of rehydration
Patient is shocked which is why it's difficult to get a sats reading
Insulin administration is the next most crucial intervention
What is background retinopathy?
Small dot and blot haemorrhages
What is pre proliferative retinopathy?
Ischaemia on top of background retinopathy
Cotton wool spots
What is maculopathy?
Breakdown of blood retina barrier causing central loss of vision
What are symptoms of PCOS?
What is a first line treatment for PCOS?
What are symptoms of primary hyperparathryoidism?
Stones: renal, polydipsia, polyuria
Groans: peptic ulceration, constipation, pancreatitis
What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?
Lack of enzyme 21 alpha hydroxylase which leads to an increase in 17 hydroxyprogesterone which is subsequently metabolised to testosterone, leading to hirstutism
What test would you use to look for Cushing's?
What test would you use to look for Addison's disease?
What is the tensilon test used to diagnose?
What type of respiration is seen in DKA?
Laboured, deep and gasping
What clinical signs would you expect to find in a patient with DKA?
Raised blood glucose
State 4 investigations you would do for a patient with a suspected DKA
Calcium and phosphate
What are the 2 most important components of your treatment regimen for DKA?
0.9% normal saline IV
Soluble insulin IV
What 2 important laboratory measurements apart from blood glucose that you will monitor over the next 6 hours in a patient diagnosed with DKA?
What 3 points of advice would you give to a diabetic patient to minimise the risk of long time complications?
Keep to a healthy diet
Regular compliance with insulin
Regular self blood glucose monitoring
What can be some precipitating causes of DKA?
Increased levels of stress hormones due to:
Errors of insulin administration
Deliberate omission of insulin
A 68 year old female presents with painful weakness of the upper legs, nocturia and difficulty ascending stairs which has deteriorated over the last 2 months. On examination she has loss of muscle bulk in quads and weakness of flexion bilaterally, right more than left. The knee reflex is lost. What is the likely diagnosis?
Which diabetes drugs work to reduce glucose absorption from the gut?
Which diabetes drugs act to increase glucose uptake by fat and muscle?
Which diabetes drugs act to improve impaired insulin secretion?
GLP-1 receptor agonists
Which diabetes drugs are used to reduce glucose production?
GLP-1 receptor agonists
What is the prevalence of T2DM in the uk?
What is the most common risk factor for diabetes?
What impact can T2DM have on a person's life?
Reduced life expectancy (up to 10 years)
Mortality rates from CHD up to five times higher
Leading cause of renal failure
Leading cause of blindness in people of working age
Additional risks in pregnancy
How do you diagnose diabetes?
Fasting plasma glucose 7 or more, 2 readings
Random plasma glucose 11.1 or more with symptoms
Oral glucose tolerance test 11.1 or more
How do you diagnose impaired glucose tolerance?
Oral glucose tolerance test readings between 7.8 and 11.1
How do you diagnose impaired fasting glycaemia?
Fasting plasma glucose between 6.1 and 7
What does glucose bind to in HbA1c?
N terminal valine of Hb
What value of HbA1c is diagnostic for diabetes?
48 or more
What value of HbA1c is diagnostic for impaired glucose tolerance?
What are some medium vessel effects of diabetes?
CAD is 3-4 times more common
Loss of premenopausal protection in females
Triple vessel disease, multiple distal lesions
Fatal stroke, increased 2-3 fold
Morbidity: Non fatal CHD, increased 2-3 fold
What are the most common small vessel effects in diabetes?
Retinopathy will develop in around 80%
Nephropathy will develop in around 30%
Foot ulcers will develop in around 5%
What are some acute complications of diabetes?
HHS: hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state
What is the ticking clock hypothesis for diabetes?
Microvascular complications start to develop at onset of hyperglycaemia
Macrovascular complications start to develop before the diagnosis of hyperglycaemia
What is obesity?
Lifelong, progressive, life-threatening, genetically-related, costly, multi-factorial disease of excess fat storage with multiple comorbidities
What are the classifications of obesity?
30.0–34.9 class I
35.0–39.9 class II
40.0 or over class III obesity
What proportion of the population are overweight or obese?
1/5 2-10 year olds
1/3 11-15 year olds
What negative effects on children can obesity have?
Emotional and behavioural: stigmatism, bullying, low self esteem
Health: high cholesterol, blood pressure, pre diabetes, bone and joint problems, breathing difficulties
Increased risk of becoming obese adult, risk of ill health and premature mortality in adult life
What negative effect does obesity have on adults?
Less likely to be in employment
Discrimination and stigmatism
Increased risk of hospitalisation
Reduces life expectancy by 3 years or 8-10 if severe
Name some major clinical complications of obesity
Pulmonary disease: OSA, hypoventilation syndrome
Non alcoholic fatty liver disease: steatosis, steatohepatitis, cirrhosis
Gall bladder disease
Gynaecological abnormalities: abnormal menses, infertility, PCOS
Joint problems: OA, Gout
Neuro: idiopathic intracranial HTN, stroke, cataracts
Metabolic syndrome: CHD, Diabetes, Dyslipidaemia, HTN
Phlebitis: venous stasis
What effect does obesity have on communities?
Less physically active population so reduced productivity
Increased sickness absence
Increased demands on social care services (3x more likely to need help)
What factors influence the prevalence of obesity?
Food environment: easy availability of processed high fat foods
Built environment: less use of bikes/walking
Sport: most people are spectators, don't do much activity
Name some genes which are responsible for causing obesity
Leptin, leptin receptor
FTO (fat mass and obesity associated protein)
What factors influence eating and exercising behaviours which contribute to obesity?
Eating: Strong signals to eat, Weak signals to stop, High availability, Eating is rewarding, No alternative, High status
Exercise: Weak signal -exercise, Strong signals to stop, Reduced availability, Inactivity is rewarding, Inactivity is a viable alternative, Inactivity is high status
What are some factors which make up our daily obligatory and facultative energy expenditure?
Obligatory: standard metabolic rate, diet induced thermogenesis, physical activity (involuntary, feeding)
Facultative: cold induced shivering thermogenesis, voluntary activity thermogenesis, non exercise activity (fidgeting), cold induced non shivering (brown fat), diet induced
What proportion of your daily metabolic rate is made up of basal metabolic rate, physical activity and diet induced thermogenesis?
Why do we become obese?
Inability to balance energy intake and expenditure. Requires an obligatory amount of energy for homeostasis. General average: 2500kcal/day for average 70kg male and 2000kcal/day in adult females. Requirements vary by activity profile
In obesity, homeostatic mechanisms that coordinate storage and use of energy are disturbed leading to exaggerated adipose tissue deposition
Why are some obese people metabolically healthy and some unhealthy?
Differences in substrate metabolism (genetic & lifestyle)
Ability to store fat in adipose tissue
Propensity to inflammation in adipose tissue
What is the IDF criteria for metabolic syndrome?
Waist >94 cms in men, >80 in women
Ethnicity specific cut-off ->90 cm in men
Central obesity with 2 of: High BP (>130/85 mmHg), Raised TG (>1.7 mmol), Low HDL cholesterol (5.6 mmol/l
What are the steps of medical management of obesity?
Assess underlying causes
Look for sequelae of obesity
Formulate a management plan
Involve appropriate professionals
Lifestyle modification for all
Consider drugs for those with complications or at high risk
Surgery for severe obesity after failed medical therapy
What screening can be done to check for microvascular complications of diabetes?
What screening can be done for macrovascular complications of diabetes?
History and exam
What are non pharmacological treatment options for diabetes?
Lifestyle: smoking, alcohol
Diet: Type and portion size, carbs awareness
What are the categories of pharmacological treatment options for diabetes?
Where are SGLT1/2 found?
SGLT1: brush border of small intestine
SGLT2: proximal tubule of kidney
What multifactorial interventions might be combined to most effectively treat diabetes?
Cholesterol lowering drugs
What can cause Cushing's disease or syndrome?
Disease: pituitary adenoma
Syndrome: ectopic production of ACTH
A 62 year old male presents with an eight hour history of double vision. He has a history of HTN for which he takes amlodipine and atenolol. He has a 4 year hx of diet controlled T2DM. On examination he has water in for the right eye, there is a slight ptosis and the eye is displaced to the right. Pupil size is the same as on the left. What is the likely cause of his symptoms?
Diabetes - mononeuritis multiplex, painless 3rd nerve palsy
What are clinical features of iodine deficiency?
Cretinism in utero: impaired cognitive function, deafness, motor defects
Cognitive impairment and poor growth in children
Confusion, poor concentration and goitre in adults
What areas of the population are more at risk of iodine deficiency?
Inland areas, iodine is abundant in the sea
A 55 year old male presents with a long Hx of headaches and sweats. On examination he has coarse facial features, appears sweaty and has a blood pressure of 168/100. What does he have and how would you treat it?
Acromegaly due to GH secreting tumour of the pituitary gland, HTN and diabetes associated
Somatostatin analogue to suppress growth hormone levels, surgery is mainstay of treatment
A 33 year old presents with a 3 month Hx of weight loss, sweats and increased anxiety. On examination she has a pulse of 98, a tremor and sweaty palms. What does she have and how do you treat it?
She has Thyrotoxicosis
Carbimazole - prevents iodination of tyrosine residues
What is a rare but important side effect of carbimazole treatment for Thyrotoxicosis?
Agranulocytosis - reduced white cell count making them prone to serious infection
A 32 year old female presents with amenorrhoea, flushes and breast milk production. On examination there is little to find but she has galactorrhoea to expression of the breasts. What does she have and what is the treatment?
Prolactin secreting pituitary tumour giving rise to galactorrhoea
Bromocriptine - dopamine agonist
Describe the different functions of lipoproteins
Chylomicrons: transport triglycerides from intestine to tissues
VLDL: transport triglycerides from liver to adipose tissue and muscle
LDL: transport cholesterol from liver to tissues
HDL: transport surplus cholesterol from Torres back to liver
What is the major apolipoprotein is present on LDLs?
Describe the process of LDL metabolism
LDL receptors are made in the endoplasmic reticulum, processed in the Golgi apparatus and transported to the cell surface in vesicles
LDL binds the receptors via ApoB100 in clathrin coated pits
These are endocytosed and then fuse with a lysosome which degrades the LDL into cholesterol and amino acids
What are some potential risks of having high cholesterol levels?
What is hyperlipidaemia?
Raised serum levels of:
Both total cholesterol and triglycerides
What is dyslipidaemia?
Raised serum levels of:
Both total cholesterol and triglycerides
Low serum levels of: HDL cholesterol
What lifestyle factors can contribute to high blood cholesterol?
Unhealthy diet: saturated fat
Lack of exercise
What underlying conditions can contribute to high levels of cholesterol?
What fixed factors are associated with high levels of cholesterol?
FH of early heart disease or stroke
FH of a cholesterol related condition
Ethnic group: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan
What is the friedewald formula?
LDL cholesterol = total - HDL - triglycerides/2.2
What is the inheritance pattern of familial hypercholesterolaemia?
What are major clinical features of familial hypercholesterolaemia?
Onset at all ages
What plasma lipid levels will be altered in familial hypercholesterolaemia?
When should a diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolaemia be considered?
Total cholesterol concentration more than 7.5mmol/L
Family history of premature coronary heart disease
At what level of total cholesterol concentration should an arrangement for specialist assessment be made?
More than 9mmol/L or non HDL concentration of more than 7.5 even in absence of first degree family history of premature CHD
What is the risk of a triglyceride concentration >20mmol/L that is not as a result of excess alcohol or poor glycaemic control?
What should you do for a patient with with triglyceride levels between 10 and 20mmol/L
Repeat measurement with a fasting test
Review for potential secondary causes of hyperlipidaemia
Seek specialise advice if the concentration remains above 10
What are side effects of statins?
Elevated hepatic transaminases
What drugs can be used to lower cholesterol?
Bile acid binding resins
Fibric acid analogues
HMG Co A reductase inhibitors
What is the Simon broom diagnostic criteria for diagnosing familial hypercholesterolaemia?
Definite: Total cholesterol >7.5 and LDL > 4.9
Tendon xanthomata or evidence of these in a first degree relative
DNA evidence of an LDL receptor mutation, familial defective apo B 100 or a PCSK9 mutation
Possible: total cholesterol >7.5 LDL >4.9
Family history of MI in second degree relative aged 50 or younger, first degree relative aged 60 years or younger
Family history of raised total cholesterol greater than 7.5 in adult or 6.7 in a child
What nice guidance is there on clinical diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolaemia?
Exclusion of secondary causes of hypercholesterolaemia
2 measurements of LDL concentration
Assessment against Simon broome criteria
What 4 genes can be mutated in familial hypercholesterolaemia?
PCSK9 (degrades LDL receptors)
LDL RAP1 (mediates internalisation via clathrin coated pits)
In which patients should pioglitazone not be used?
Hx of bladder cancer
Unexplained macroscopic haematuria
High risk of developing bladder cancer
What are side effects of sulphonylureas?
What is the mechanism of action of sulphonylureas?
Works by stimulating pancreatic beta cells to secrete insulin
What is the mechanism of action of GLP1 agonists?
Incretin mimetic which inhibits glucagon secretion
What is the difference between Cushing's disease and syndrome?
Disease: pituitary adenoma
Syndrome: corticosteroid Immunosuppression
What is Conns syndrome?
Increased aldosterone production from a tumour, hyperplasia of the adrenal gland or elevated angiotensin (secondary)
Hypertension in presence of hypokalaemia
What is the treatment for Conns syndrome?
Laparoscopic adrenalectomy after raising potassium levels to normal with Spironolactone
In which patients should a diagnosis of zollinger Ellison syndrome be considered?
Recurrent ulceration despite optimal medical therapy
How do you diagnose zollinger Ellison syndrome?
Measure fasting gastrin levels
Where are the tumours usually located in zollinger Ellison syndrome?
Pancreas and duodenum - gastrin secreting
What is the embryological origin of the thyroid gland?
Base of the tongue and descends to middle of neck
What is the daily iodine recommended intake?
What are some problems in interpretation of thyroid function tests?
Serious acute or chronic illness: reduced concentration and affinity of binding proteins, decreased peripheral conversion of T4 to T3, reduced hypothalamic pituitary TSH production
Pregnancy and oral contraceptives: increased thyroid binding globulins so high T4
Drugs: amiodarone decreases T4 to T3 conversion
What are some causes of hypothyroidism?
Defects of synthesis: iodine deficiency, lithium, amiodarone
Autoimmune: atrophic thyroiditis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, post partum thyroiditis
Post irradiation: radioactive iodine therapy, external neck irradiation
Peripheral resistance to thyroid hormone
What antibodies are present in Hashimoto's thyroiditis?
What is myxoedema?
Accumulation of mucopolysaccharide in subcutaneous tissue associated with hypothyroidism
What are symptoms of hypothyroidism?
What are some causes of hyperthyroidism?
Toxic multinodular goitre
Solitary toxic nodule/ adenoma
Acute thyroiditis: viral (de quervains), autoimmune, post irradiation, post partum
TSH secreting pituitary tumours
Name 2 antithyroid drugs
What is a major side effect of antithyroid medication?
What are some complications of thyroidectomy surgery?
Post op bleeding: tracheal compression and asphyxia
Laryngeal nerve palsy: check vocal cord movement post op
Transient hypocalcaemia/permanent hypoparathyroidism
What causes thyroid eye disease?
Retro orbital inflammation
Swelling and oedema of extraocular muscles lead to limitation of movement and proptosis
What are obese patients at risk of dying of?
Coronary heart disease
Where should a skinfold thickness measurement be taken? What are normal values?
Middle of triceps
20mm in a man
30mm in a woman
What waist/hip circumference ratio is associated with increase risk of morbidity?
>1 in men and >0.9 in women
What conditions and complications are associated with obesity?
Osteoarthritis of knees and hips
Post op problems
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Ischaemic heart disease
How do you define metabolic syndrome?
Waist circumference men >94cm, women >80cm
HDL cholesterol men 130/85
Fasting glucose >5.6
What is the most common cause of an impaired adrenal response?
Suppression of the HPA axis by exogenous glucocorticoid treatment
What is Waterhouse friderichsen syndrome?
Meningococcal sepsis syndrome
Bilateral adrenal haemorrhage
what is a synacthen test?
ACTH stimulation test
Assess functioning of adrenal glands stress response by measuring cortisol
What are likely causes of fluid overloaded hyponatraemia?
Cirrhosis of liver
What is a likely cause for normovolaemic hyponatraemia?
What are likely causes for a hyponatraemic patient who is dehydrated and has a low urine sodium?
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Sodium depletion after diuretics
What are likely causes for hyponatraemia in a patient who is dehydrated and has a high urinary sodium?
Cerebral salt wasting
Salt wasting nephropathy
What happens if glucocorticoids are stopped abruptly?
No acth so no cortisol being produced
Leads to adrenal crisis
What is the management of adrenal insufficiency?
Acute: samples for cortisol and acth, IV normal saline, hydrocortisone 100mg IM 6 hourly until eating and drinking, treat precipitant
Resolving: hydrocortisone 20mg PO TDS
Maintenance: hydrocortisone 10/5/5mg and fludrocortisone 0.1-0.2mg/day (if primary insufficiency)
What level of urine osmolality suggests ADH excess?
What is hyperosmolar hyponatraemia?
Hyperglycaemia causes osmotic trranslocation of water from Intracellular compartment to extracellular fluid which results in decrease in serum sodium level
What factors are required for diagnosis of SIADH?
Decreased serum osmolality (100 during hypotonicity
Urinary sodium >40 with normal dietary salt intake
Normal thyroid and adrenal function
No recent use of diuretics
What is Trouseau's sign?
Carpo pedal spasm associated with hypocalcaemia when sphygmomanometer cuff is inflated above systolic pressures
A 54 year old woman presents with generalised muscle aches and weakness. She seems a little depressed and has been very thirsty lately. What is the likely diagnosis?
A 35 year old woman presents with episodes of sweating headache and palpitations. She gets episodes of pallor and a feeling of impending doom. On examination she seems well but has a BP of 174/88 and a pulse of 92. What is the likely diagnosis?
What test results would suggest a phaechromocytoma?
Elevated urinary catecholamines, metanephrines and vanillyl mandelic acid (VMA)
A 36 year old woman presents with weight loss, lethargy and oligomenorrhoea. On examination she is tanned and has pigmentation of a recent appendix scar. She has a pulse of 80 and a BP of 96/70. What is the likely diagnosis?
How can you diagnose adrenal insufficiency?
ACTH stimulation test
A 42 year old woman presents with weight gain and thirst. On examination she has a plethoric complexion, marked central obesity, bitemporal visual field loss, a pulse of 88 and a BP of 166/92. What is the likely diagnosis?
What drugs are associated with pancreatitis?
Why does Addison's lead to increased pigmentation?
Stimulation of melanocytes
In which patients is exanatide recommended to treat their diabetes?
BMI over 35
BMI less than 35 but significant weight related comorbidity
What are potential side effects of sulphonylurea diabetic medication?
What are the effects of cortisol?
Increases blood pressure
Inhibits bone formation
Increases insulin resistance
Increases gluconeogenesis, lipolysis and proteolysis
Inhibits inflammatory and immune response
Maintains function of skeletal and cardiac muscle