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Evaluation of primary aldosteronism: seeing is not believing by Matt S. Posted Wed 02 Feb 2011 5:00am As you would have likely guessed by looking at the picture to the  left we often tend to believe what we see without giving much thought.  This is frequently true in the evaluation and management of patients with primary aldosteronism (PA) where the diagnostic tests are frequently misinterpreted and findings on imaging studies such as CT and MRI ... Read on »
What is Primary Hyperaldosteronsim? by Flower Spy Posted Thu 30 Oct 2008 12:00am There are many definitions of this disease which can be confusing. This is one I found at emedicine.com http:// emedicine.medscape.com/article/127080-overview It describes primary hyperaldosteronism in medical detail that's easy to understand. I think it's better than the first description I posted. Background Although initially considere ... Read on »
Tips for living with Hyperaldosteronsim or Conn's Disease by Flower Spy Posted Sun 21 Mar 2010 9:57pm 1 Comment The following tips may not be for everyone, but they have greatly enhanced my daily routine while living with primary hyperaldosteronism, also known as Conn's Disease. * * Get a really good endocrinologist--this is crucial!! Not all endocrinologists understand or have experience with Conn's. Some even dismiss it as a disease that simply req ... Read on »
Tips for living with Conn's by Flower Spy Posted Sun 23 Nov 2008 12:00am The following tips may not be for everyone, but they have greatly enhanced my daily routine while living with primary hyperaldosteronism. ** Get a really good endocrinologist. This is crucial. Not all endocrinologists understand or have experience with Conn's. Some even dismiss it as a disease that simply requires meds and little else. You ow ... Read on »
Secondary forms of hypertension by Matt S. Posted Mon 13 Sep 2010 9:19am Lisa Cohen recently summarized rare "genetic" forms of hypertension including Liddle's syndrome and PHA type II (Gordon's syndrome). I want to summarize other causes of "secondary" hypertension which are not inherited (at least not typically in a Mendelian transmission) and which are potentially "fixable". Thes ... Read on »
The Tests You Will Take by Flower Spy Posted Thu 04 Dec 2008 12:00am You may already be diagnosed with P.H. If so you will have to go through a very long series of tests before they can give you the proper treatment, which may include surgery. It can take less time if you have a super-endocrinologist who really understands Conn's and wants to help you get better fast. These types of doctors are rare and hard to fi ... Read on »
Classification of Metabolic Alkalosis by Matt S. Posted Thu 05 Jan 2012 3:37pm Dr John Gennari had another typically excellent review of metabolic alkalosis in AJKD in October. He suggests an alternative means of classifying a metabolic alkalosis according to the etiology of the alkalosis along with the physiological basis for the maintenance of the alkalosis once it has occurred. He also goes into some detail explaining ... Read on »
Electrolyte Channels and Aldosteronism by Matt S. Posted Wed 26 Jun 2013 12:00am Over the past few years, it has become apparent that hyperaldosteronism is far commoner than was once suspected and screening of unselected patients with hypertension reveals that about 5-10% of patients have primary hyperaldosteronism. In patients with resistant hypertension, that percentage increases to 15-20%. About 30% of hyperaldosteroni ... Read on »
How to diagnose adrenal diseases by pathologystudent Posted Tue 05 Apr 2011 12:39am Adrenal diseases can be some of the more difficult to diagnose in medicine because of their widely varying and sometimes non-specific symptoms, like fatigue and depression. Let’s take a quick look at some of the symptoms of the different diseases of the adrenal, and the laboratory tests used for diagnosis. 1. Adrenal hyperfunction ... Read on »
Aldosterone: the hormone we never knew we had by Flower Spy Posted Wed 12 Nov 2008 12:00am Aldosterone is being over produced in my left adrenal. I had no idea what it was until I was diagnosed with this disease back in July. Wanting to learn as much as I could about this weirdly named hormone, I did some research to find out what its role was in my adrenals and what happens when too much of it is being produced. The definition: Al ... Read on »