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What is membranous nephropathy and what are its major clinical associations?

Nephrotic syndrome (2nd most common)

AdenoCA, NSAIDs, Hep B, SLE


What is focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and its major clinical associations?

#1 nephrotic syndrome

African Americans, HIspanics, Obesity, HIV, Heroin use


What symptoms are characteristics of mixed cryoglobulinemia?

Palpable purpura, proteinuria, hematuria, arthralgias, hepatosplenomegaly, decreased complement

Older patients, most have HCV infection


What are the causes of normal anion gap metabolic acidosis?

Hyperalimentation; hyperchloremic acidosis, Hypoaldosteronism
Acetazolamide, Argenine
Renal tubular acidosis
Ureteral diversion
Pancreatico-duodenal fistula


What are the etiologies of primary adrenal insufficiency?

Hemorrhagic infarct (meningococcemia, anticoagulants)
Infections (TB, HIV, disseminated fungal)
Metastatic cancer (lung)


What are the main symptoms in acute and chronic primary adrenal insufficiency?

Acute - SHOCK, Ab tenderness w/ deep palp, FEVER, N/V/Wt loss/Anorex, HypoNa, HyperK, HyperCa, Eosinophilia

Chronic - Fatigue, WEAK, anorex, GI (n/v/ab pain), Weight loss, HyperPIGMENT/VITILIGO, LOW BP, same ion imbalance, Eosinophilia, ANEMIA


Where does aldosterone primarily act and what does it do? What can happen if it gets blocked?

Distal renal tubules, "saves sodium", secretes K+ and H+

If blocked, K+ and H+ are saved --> Normal AG Met Acid


What is the treatment for uric acid stone?

Hydration, Alkalization of urine (to 6-6.5 w/ potassium citrate), low purine diet,

Add allopurinol for recurrent symptoms


What is the risk of calcium restriction, or decreased Ca in renal tubules for patients with kidney stones (Ca or Uric acid)?

Ca restriction in diet --> Negative calcium --> Hyperoxaluria from increased GI absorption of oxalate


What is the effect of Furosemide on urine Ca?

Increased excretion (because action of Na/K/Cl transport brings Ca in)


What is the treatment for severe hypernatremic hypovolemia? Less severe?

Severe = 0.9% saline which gradually corrects hyperosmolality while normalizing patient's volume status then switch to 0.45% saline to replace free water deficit

Less = 5% dextrose in .45% saline


What is D5W (5% dextrose in water) used in the treatment of?

Euvolemic and hypervolemic hypernatremia (oral free water in stable patients)


What possible medication in diabetics should be removed during acute kidney injury and/or sepsis and why?

Metformin -> can cause lactic acidosis, withhold until renal function improves


What is the target blood glucose level in patients who are acutely ill and have hyperglycemia? What treatment can facilitate this?

140-180 mg/dL, use short acting insulin


What should always be considered in patients getting CT scan w/ contrast? What alternatives are available?

Pts w/ renal insufficiency (Cr >1.5) or history of diabetes are increased risk of contrast induced nephropathy

Use non-ionic contrast agents


What is the most common cause of AA amyloidosis and what can result from this?

Rheumatoid arthritis -> amyloidosis can lead to Nephropathy via glomerular amyloid deposits (congo red staining etc.)


What are linear glomerular deposits seen with immunoflorescence staining characteristic of? Granular deposits?

Linear = Antiglomerular basement membrane disease (Goodpasture's)

Granular = immune complex glomerulonephritis (Lupus nephritis, IgA nephropathy, postinfection glomerulonephritis)


What are common causes of nephrogenic DI?

HyperCa, severe HypoK+, tubulointerstitial renal disease, and medication (lithium, cidofivir, foscarnet, demeclocycline, amphotericin)


What is detrusor sphincter dyssnergia?

Neurological disease where detrusor contracts while urethral spinchter contracts --> difficult voiding/interruption of urine stream


What are the causes of hypervolemic hypernatremia?

CHF, cirrhosis, chornic kidney disease or nephrotic syndrome


What are the causes of euvolemic and hypovolemic hypoNa+?

Euvol = SIADH, primary psycho polydipsia, Hypothyroid, secondary adrenal insufficiency

Hypovol = Volume loss (hemorrhage), Primary adrenal insufficiency, GI loss (diarrhea, vomit), Renal loss (diuretics)


How do you calculate serum osmolality and osmolar gap?

Serum Osm = [2Na + Glu/18 + BUN/2.8]

Osm Gap = Observed Osm - Calculated Osm


What causes omsolar gap met acidosis?

Methanol, ehtylene glycol, ethanol poisoning


How do you treat patients with sever hyperK+ with major EKG changes?

1. Emergent administration of IV calcium gluconate to stabilize cardiac membrane
2. Lower serum K+ by driving into cell w/ insulin and glucose, sodium bicarb, and beta 2 agonists
3. Lower total body K+ --> loop diuretic


What does hyponatremia in the setting of serum Osm > 290 mOsm/kg suggest?

Marked hyperglycemia, Advanced renal failure


When should bicarb be used for the treatment of lactic acidsosis?

Only very severe cases where pH


How do you manage severe hypercalcemia?

Short term: NS hydration + Calcitonin (avoid loop diuretics, only use in small doses for HF pts)

Long term: bisphosphonates,


What are common meds that can cause hyperkalemia?

Nonselective beta blockers, potassium sparing diuretics (esp triamterene), ACE inhibitors, ATII-R blockers, NSAIDs


What are some features of cyanide toxicity?

Skin flushing (cherry red), AMS/seizures/coma, Arrhythmias, Tachypnea then resp depression/pulm edema/cyanosis, Ab pain/N/V, Metabolic acidosis (lactic acid) and renal failure


What is the presentation for patients with acute nephritic syndrome + fluid overload?

Anasarca, pulmonary + facial edema, HTN, proteinuria and micro hematuria (>50 rbcs, rbc casts)