Saturday, April 25, 2009

Quality Electrolyte Articles

I was recently alerted to a great lecture series on acid-base & electrolytes by Mitch Halperin and colleagues which are published in the Quartery Journal of Medicine (QJM). They are generally case-based articles which use an imaginary physician and master physiologist, Dr. McCance, who examines the patient and renders a diagnosis. The articles are freely available, here are some links to a few of them.

An integrative physiologic approach to polyuria and hyponatremia.

An approach to the patient with severe hypokalaemia: the potassium quiz.

Uncovering the basis of a severe degree of acidemia in a patient with diabetic ketoacidosis.

The patient with a severe degree of metabolic acidosis: a deductive analysis.

Unusual causes of hypokalemia and paralysis.

Acute and fatal hyponatremia after resection of a craniopharyngioma: a preventable tragedy.

Recurrent uric acid stones.

An unusual cause for ketoacidosis.

Anorexia nervosa and chronic renal insufficiency: a prescription for disaster.

Osmotic demyelination syndrome: a potentially avoidable disaster.

Severe hypokalaemia in a Chinese male.

Acute hyponatraemia and 'ecstasy': insights from a quantitative and integrative analysis.

Hyponatraemia and hyperglycaemia during laproscopic surgery.

Severe degree of hyperglycaemia: insights from integrative physiology.


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