Cushing’s Syndrome Patient will be complaining of amenorrhea, central obesity, depressive symptoms, and easy bruising PE will show purple striae, “moon face” (facial adiposity), “buffalo hump” (increased adipose tissue in the neck and upper back), and hypertension Diagnosis is made by 24 hr urine cortisol and testing ACTH levels Most commonly caused by hypercortisolism from ACTH-secreting pituitary tumor Comments: If cause is pituitary tumor then […]
Hypercalcemia Patient will be complaining of bone pain (Bones), kidney stones (Stones), abdominal pain (Groans), lethargy, psychosis (Psychiatric overtones) Labs will show ↓ QT interval Most commonly caused by: Malignancy (most common inpatient cause) Primary hyperparathyroidism (most common outpatient cause) Treatment is IV fluids Sample question: A 67-year-old woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer presents […]
Hypothyroidism Patient will be complaining of generalized weakness, fatigue, facial swelling, constipation, cold intolerance, and weight gain PE will show periorbital edema, dry skin, and coarse brittle hair Labs will show high TSH and low free T4, antithyroid peroxidase, and antithyroglobulin autoantibodies Most commonly caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis Treatment is levothyroxine Comments: Takes about 6 weeks to see treatment effects. Monitor TSH Hashimoto’s: Risk factor for non-Hodgkin lymphoma Sample Question: A 55-year-old woman presents to your office with complaints of […]
Welcome back to Episode 16! With the In-training exam next week, we are doing things a little different this week. Instead of covering new material before the exam, we are launching three episodes, back to back, reviewing the most high-yield points that we have covered so far, organized by topic. We think this extra layer of spaced repetition will help you gain a few extra points during your test. We have set it up in a quiz format, so you can pause the podcast as you go along.