Archives: October 21 – 31, 2010


2010 Recent Advances in Internal Medicine — BLOG AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 1

Join physician-blogger Dr. Cynthia Christiano as she blogs about the nephrology-specific talks at the 2010 East Carolina University Recent Advances in Internal Medicine Conference.

Her blog is available by clicking here.

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SPRINT Trial — OPEN ENROLLMENT UNDERWAY

The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at East Carolina University is now enrolling patients for the SPRINT Trial. The Systolic Blood PRessure INtervention Trial is an NIH-sponsored investigation to assess cardiovascular outcomes and all-cause mortality in patients randomized to intensive sBP control (< 120 mmHg) or standard sBP control (< 140 mmHg) over a 6-year followup period.

ECU is recruiting patients for this trial. To enroll your patient in the trial, please click here and complete a short questionnaire. A member of our research team will contact you with additional information.



Puzzle of the Week PRIMARY HYPERALDOSTERONISM

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Questions

Across

  • 1. 30% of all primary aldosterone cases have this
  • 2. All confirmatory testing for the diagnosis of primary aldosteronism can be done safely only if this is repleted first
  • 3. This drug class theoretically decreases levels of plasma renin activity (___-___)
  • 4. The most common cause of secondary hypertension
  • 5. Angiotensin-converting enzymes and angiotensin receptor blockers must be discontinued before administering the ARR screening test
  • 6. The aldosterone:renin ratio is a type of ___ test
  • 7. This phenomenom prevents edema from developing in patients with primary aldosteronism (___-___)
  • 8. The absence of hypokalemia is a reliable indicator of not having primary aldosteronism
  • 9. The type of hypertension that leads most physicians to perform screening tests for primary aldosteronism

Down

  • 10. This clinical entity presents very similarly to primary aldosteronism and can be ruled out by checking for urinary 18-hydroxycortisol (________-________-__________)
  • 11. This drug class theoretically increases plasma renin activity
  • 12. The next necessary step after an adrenal CT scan (____-___-_____)
  • 13. Only mineralocorticoid-receptor antagonists and potassium-sparing diuretics must be discontinued prior to administering the aldosterone:renin screening test
  • 14. Stroke, heart attacks, atrial fibrillation, and this are all increased in primary aldosterone patients than in any other etiology of hypertension
  • 15. The time of day when the aldosterone:renin ratio should be performed for most accurate measurements
  • 16. This group is more likely to suffer from hypokalemic periodic paralysis
  • 17. PHysician who first mentioned a hypertensive patient with hypokalemia (mentioned in his 1954 presidential address at the Central Society for Clinical Research)

Top Times

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Abstract Submissions — UPDATED NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Keep your eyes on Nephrology On-Demand for more information on the following meetings:

International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2011 — Abstract Deadline September 24, 2010
NKF Spring Clinical Meeting 2011 — Abstract Deadline December 3, 2010
North American Society for Dialysis and Transplantation 2010 — Abstract Deadline May 28, 2010
Southern Society for Clinical Investigation 2011 – Young Investigators Forum (YIF) — Abstract deadline October 18, 2010
ACP Medical Student Abstract Competition 2011 — deadline expected to be early-December 2010
ACP Resident and Fellows Abstract Competition 2011 — expected deadline not yet announced; check back in August October 2010 for more information
ISN Abstract Competition 2011 — expected deadline not yet announced
American Transplant Congress 2011 — Abstract Deadline December 3, 2010
International Society of Blood Purification — Abstract Deadline July August 30, 2010
Evidence 2010 — Abstract Deadline August 6, 2010
American Federation of Medical Research: Southern Regional Meetings 2011 — Abstract Deadline October 15, 2010
American Federation of Medical Research: Western Regional Meetings 2011 — Abstract Deadline October 1, 2010
American Society of Hypertension 2011 — Abstract Deadline December 6, 2010
International CRRT Meeting 2011 — Abstract Deadline December 3, 2010


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