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Main effect of parathyroid hormone

raise the blood calcium

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What are the 3 main ways PTH raises blood calcium?

1. breaking down bone 2. increasing absorption of calcium from food 3. increasing the kidneys ability to hold onto calcium

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7-dehydrocholesterol is converted by UV waves into ____________ or cholecalciferol

7-dehydrocholesterol is converted by UV waves into VITAMIN D3 or cholecalciferol

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Where is cholecaliferol converted into calcidilol?

the liver

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What is calcidilol?

25hydroxyVitamin D3

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Where is 25hydroxyVitaminD3 activated?

the kidneys

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What is 25hydroxyVitamin D3 converted into in the kidney?

1,25dihydroxyvitamin D3

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What is 1,25dihydroxyvitamin D3 also known as?

calcitriol

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Calcitriol acts on the ____ of the kidney to increase calcium absorption

PCT - proximal convoluted tubule

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Calcitriol actis on the gut to...

increase calcium and phosphate absorption

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Calcitriol acts on the bone to...

increase resorption of calcium and phosphate

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Calcitriol acts on the parathyroid gland...

in a negative feedback manner - inhibiting further PTH release

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PTH acts on the ____ of the kidney to increase calcium reabsorption

DCT - distal convoluted tubule

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PTH acts on the bone to...

activate the osteoblasts which subsequently activate the pre-osteoclasts

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osteoclasts are a form of....

macrophage - they respond to macrophage colony stimulating factor

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Action of calcitonin

released in response to raised plasma calcium and has opposite effects to PTH

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Calcitonin is released from...

the parafollicular cells of the thyroid gland

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the majority of cases of primary hyperparathyroidism are caused by...

a solitary adenoma

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Symptoms which may be associated with primary hyperparathyroidism

weak, tired, thirsty, dehydrated, polyuria, renal stones, abdominal pain, pancreatitis, duodenal (less gastric) ulcers, fractures, osteoporosis or osteopaenia, increase BP

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What genetic condition is primary hyperparathyroidism associated with?

MEN 1

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What are the 3 Ps associated with MEN 1?

Parathyroid hyperplasia, Pancreatic endocrine tumours, Pituitary tumour

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The MEN1 gene is a...

tumour suppressor gene

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Investigations for primary hyperparathyroidism

raised Ca, raised or normal PTH, decreased phosphate, increased Alk Phos, 24 hr urinary Ca, DEXA, X-ray, CT

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what should be avoided in primary hyperparathyroidism?

excess calcium and vitamin D intake, avoid thiazide diuretics

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Surgery is always indicated with primary hyperparathyroidism - TRUE/FALSE

FALSE - surgery is only indicated if there is end-organ damage

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Indications for surgery to treat hyperparathyroidism

bone disease, gastric ulcers, renal stones, osteoporosis, less than 50 years old, renal impairement (<60ml/min eGFR)

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Drug that can be used in tertiary and carcinoma hyperparathyroidism

cinacalet - increases the PT to increased calcium thus reducing the production of PTH

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Results from secondary hyperparathyroidism

decreased calcium and appropriately raised PTH

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Causes of secondary hyperparathyroidism

decreased Vit D intake and chronic renal failure

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Results of tertiary hyperparathyroidism

raised Ca and very raised PTH