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Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

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The endocrine system includes the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands, the pancreas, and the ovaries and testes. These glands secrete hormones that regulate metabolism, the process that supplies the body’s cells with energy. Abnormal levels of hormones, whether too high or too low, disrupt normal functioning and compromise health. Sometimes the symptoms of dysfunctioning appear so gradually that they are hardly noticed. Hypothyroidism, for example, can remain undetected for years.

Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders Sourcebook, Fourth Edition provides updated information about the endocrine system and its role in the regulation of human growth, organ function, and metabolic control. Readers will learn about growth disorders, hypothyroidism, diabetic disorders, Addison disease, Cushing syndrome, pheochromocytoma, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1, inborn errors of metabolism, and other disorders, including facts about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. A glossary of terms and directories of resources provide additional help and information.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Endocrine Functioning and Metabolism describes the endocrine system, the various endocrine glands and their hormones, and the processes of metabolism and energy balance including calorie intake, physical activity, and basal metabolic rate. It also describes chemicals that disrupt the endocrine process along with diagnostic tests and procedures for endocrine and metabolic disorders. Individual chapters explain prenatal tests, newborn screening, genetic counseling, and chromosomal abnormalities.

Part II: The Pituitary Gland and Growth Disorders discusses growth disorders in children and adults and explains the growth hormone evaluation process and therapy. It also describes pituitary tumors, prolactinomas, and other diseases related to the pituitary gland, including Cushing disease, acromegaly, and diabetes insipidus.

Part III: Thyroid and Parathyroid Gland Disorders offers facts about proper thyroid functioning and common dysfunctions, including Hashimoto thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves disease, and congenital hypothyroidism. It also describes disorders of the parathyroid glands and discusses about thyroid and parathyroid cancers.

Part IV: Adrenal Gland Disorders provides facts about diseases of adrenal insufficiency, including Addison disease, Conn syndrome, Cushing syndrome, and pheochromocytoma, along with information about adrenal gland cancer, x-linked adrenal hypoplasia congenita, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The management of adrenal insufficiency and the use of laparoscopic techniques for adrenal gland removal are also described.

Part V: Pancreatic and Diabetic Disorders provides information about pancreas function tests and the management of pancreatitis, insulin resistance and prediabetes, diabetes mellitus, and hypoglycemia. Facts about pancreatic and islet cell cancer and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome are also included.

Part VI: Disorders of the Ovaries and Testes describes problems that result when the sex gland hormone production is not balanced. These include hypogonadism, gynecomastia, menstrual problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, premature ovarian failure, and precocious puberty.

Part VII: Other Disorders of Endocrine and Metabolic Functioning presents information about inherited metabolism storage disorders, including Gaucher disease, and other syndromes and diseases that result from, or impact, hormonal and metabolic processes.

Part VIII: Additional Help and Information includes a glossary of related terms, a guide to resources for children with special needs, and a directory of organizations able to provide more information about endocrine and metabolic disorders.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Includes access to Health Reference Series Online.
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts