ePathWay Logo

September 2018 | Published by RCPA

Issue #084

Welcome to the September issue of ePathway

E-Pathway is an e-magazine designed for anyone who is interested in their health and wellbeing, and the integral role pathology plays in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases.

This month, we discuss

  • Remaining vigilant towards gynaecological cancers
  • Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, two of the more uncommon causes of secondary hypertension
  • Primary aldosteronism is common and treatable but under-diagnosed
  • Muscular dystrophy, one of the most common forms of hereditary disease

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It is a very common disorder in clinical practice that can lead to severe complications, including heart disease, stroke and even death. Primary hypertension is the term used when there is no identifiable cause for the development of hypertension; secondary hypertension develops due to one of a variety of identifiable causes.

In this month’s issue, we discuss endocrine causes of secondary hypertension, including pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, which are rare, and primary aldosteronism, which is far more common.

This month, we also speak to Associate Professor Lyndal Anderson to discuss gynaecological cancers and the importance of remaining vigilant for subtle symptoms. We discuss these symptoms, risk factors and the important role of pathology in the diagnosis, treatment and management of all gynaecological cancers.

Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited disorders that often cause progressive and irreversible muscle weakening and wasting. We spoke to Dr Belinda Chong to discuss the prevalence, symptoms and diagnosis of this hereditary disease.

Remember to follow us on Facebook (@TheRoyalCollegeofPathologistsofAustralasia), Twitter (@PathologyRCPA) or on Instagram (@the_rcpa). CEO, Dr Debra Graves can be followed on Twitter too (@DebraJGraves).

Primary aldosteronism is common and treatable but under-diagnosed

Primary aldosteronism is common and treatable but under-diagnosed

We spoke to Dr Samuel Vasikaran, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, PathWest Fiona Stanley Hospital Network, Murdoch, about primary aldosteronism.

 

read more »

Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma: two of the more uncommon causes of hypertension

Phaeochromocytoma and paraganglioma: two of the more uncommon causes of hypertension
Endocrine hypertension is a secondary cause of hypertension involving hormone imbalance, most frequently involving the pituitary or adrenal gland. Endocrine causes of secondary hypertension include primary aldosteronism (the most common by far), Cushing's syndrome, pheochromocytoma, acromegaly, hyperparathyroidism, and hypo- and hyperthyroidism.

 

 

read more »

Muscular dystrophy, one of the most common forms of hereditary disease

Muscular dystrophy, one of the most common forms of hereditary disease
We spoke to Dr Belinda Chong, ‎Head of Clinical Genomics at Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to discuss muscular dystrophy, a term which applies to a group of genetic diseases affecting the muscles that control movement.

 

 

 

 

read more »

Remaining vigilant towards gynaecological cancers

Remaining vigilant towards gynaecological cancers

We spoke to Associate Professor Lyndal Anderson, Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, to discuss gynaecological cancer.

 

 

 

 

read more »

Privacy Policy | Legal | Disclaimer

Unsubscribe