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Problem Solving in Endocrinology and Metabolism

  • ID: 1417842
  • Book
  • November 2006
  • 272 Pages
  • Clinical Publishing
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This book presents a comprehensive case load of patient disorders seen by the endocrinologist and general practitioner. The authors have drawn on their clinical experience backed by wide critical reading in the primary literature to identify 46 problems that reflect the everyday reality of patients presenting to the clinician. Each case is summarised by several practical questions to stimulate the reader, followed by a clinical presentation. A detailed discussion follows of the potential causes and diagnostic pitfalls, as well as the therapeutic and lifestyle management options available, accompanied by algorithms and key references. Each of the major areas of endocrinology are covered: thyroid, adrenal gland, pituitary, reproduction, growth and development, calcium and bone, endocrine hypertension, water, electrolytes and glucose. The authors conclude with a section focusing specifically on therapeutic aspects. With its logical work-up procedure and up-to-date summary of treatment options, this book is an essential reference for the practicing clinician in primary or secondary care. The chief author, Professor Lee Kennedy, is a British expatriate, now in a leading clinical role in Australia. Lee has experience in numerous clinical areas and is involved with teaching medical students.


- Problem-based learning approach of great value for trainees and CPD of experienced doctors
- Real problems discussed which are experienced by all doctors in the field
- Current literature and guidelines have been reviewed to provide the latest best practice


- Specialists in endocrinology and metabolism
- Diabetologists
- General practitioners
- Doctors in training
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SECTION 01: Thyroid

1. Graves’ disease
2. Hyperthyroidism — multinodular goitre
3. Thyroid nodule
4. Sick euthyroid syndrome
5. Amiodarone and the thyroid
6. Subclinical hypothyroidism
7. Thyroid function in early pregnancy
8. Post-partum thyroid disturbance
9. Thyrotoxic crisis
10. Thyroid eye disease

SECTION 02: Adrenal
11. Addison’s disease
12. Autoimmune polyglandular syndromes
13. The incidental adrenal nodule
14. Cushing’s syndrome
15. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

SECTION 03: Pituitary
16. Acromegaly
17. Prolactinoma
18. Non-functioning pituitary adenoma
19. Hypopituitarism: investigation and treatment

SECTION 04: Reproductive
20. Primary amenorrhoea
21. Secondary amenorrhoea
22. Polycystic ovarian syndrome — subfertility
23. Premature ovarian failure
24. Hirsutism
25. Erectile dysfunction
26. Male hypogonadism

SECTION 05: Growth
27. Delayed puberty
28. Gynaecomastia
29. Turner’s syndrome
30. Klinefelter’s syndrome

SECTION 06: Calcium
31. Primary hyperparathyroidism
32. Hypocalcaemia

SECTION 07: Hypertension
33. Hypertension — is it endocrine?
34. Phaeochromocytoma
35. Conn’s syndrome

SECTION 08: Electrolytes
36. Hyponatraemia
37. Hypokalaemia
38. Hypomagnesaemia
39. Diabetes insipidus
40. Spontaneous hypoglycaemia

SECTION 09: Therapeutic
41. Corticosteroid and mineralocorticoid replacement
42. Neutropaenia on carbimazole
43. Lithium
44. Calcium and vitamin D
45. Oestrogen and progesterone
46. Thyroid hormone replacement

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- L Kennedy, James Cook University, Douglas, Australia
- A Basu, Department of Diabetes Endocrinology and Lipid Metabolism, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK
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