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Tip for Addison's vs Cushing's

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Here is a little trick I came up with for remembering all the hyper/hypo symptoms related to Addison's and Cushing's:

Put the symptoms in alphabetical order minus the hyper/hypo:

-calcemia

-glycemia

-kalemia

-natremia

Start with Addison's: alphabetically, hyper comes before hypo. the order is hyper, hypo, hyper, hypo (hypercalcemia, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia, hyponatremia)

Cushing's is the opposite: hypo, hyper, hypo, hyper (hypocalcemia, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, hypernatremia).

This has helped me on numerous practice questions so I thought I would share.

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joe17 has 20 years experience and specializes in orthopedic & HDU.

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Here's how I remember it

Some(na). People (k) Get( glucose) colds(ca). Now. Addison ( notice there's is 2DD).

So I would start from DDecrease na, then Increase K, then decrease Glucose, and last increase caFor Cushing is the reverse you start from increase.

CUSHING(notice the C. ( increment or increase)

Hope this helps

:it sounds complicated but actually it

helps me not to forget it. ,and it works well with my old memory.

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Here is a little trick I came up with for remembering all the hyper/hypo symptoms related to Addison's and Cushing's:

Put the symptoms in alphabetical order minus the hyper/hypo:

-calcemia

-glycemia

-kalemia

-natremia

Start with Addison's: alphabetically, hyper comes before hypo. the order is hyper, hypo, hyper, hypo (hypercalcemia, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia, hyponatremia)

Cushing's is the opposite: hypo, hyper, hypo, hyper (hypocalcemia, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, hypernatremia).

This has helped me on numerous practice questions so I thought I would share.

this is cool...:)tnx.for sharing it..:)

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addisons= down, down down up down

cushings= up up up down up

addisons= hyponatremia, hypotension, decreased blood vol, hyperkalemia, hypoglycemia

cushings= hypernatremia, hypertension, incrased blood vol, hypokalemia, hyperglycemia

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addisons= down, down down up down

cushings= up up up down up

addisons= hyponatremia, hypotension, decreased blood vol, hyperkalemia, hypoglycemia

cushings= hypernatremia, hypertension, incrased blood vol, hypokalemia, hyperglycemia

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SRDAVIS has 10 years experience and specializes in Tele, Stepdown, Med/Surg, education.

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Thanks

will definitely share with my students.

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tokmom has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff.

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I like these. I have a million things going through my head, so I'm going to print these out and really look closely at them. I have a certification test coming up and I'm trying to remember what process goes with the labs. It's making my head spin.

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purplechicxiii has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Derm, Plas, OB-GYNE & Internal Medicine.

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This is so great!! Thanks for this! ;)

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ChristinP has 6 years experience and specializes in Homecare, Public Health.

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That's an easy way to remember... Thank-you!

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purplechicxiii has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Derm, Plas, OB-GYNE & Internal Medicine.

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Here is a little trick I came up with for remembering all the hyper/hypo symptoms related to Addison's and Cushing's:

Put the symptoms in alphabetical order minus the hyper/hypo:

-calcemia

-glycemia

-kalemia

-natremia

Start with Addison's: alphabetically, hyper comes before hypo. the order is hyper, hypo, hyper, hypo (hypercalcemia, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia, hyponatremia)

Cushing's is the opposite: hypo, hyper, hypo, hyper (hypocalcemia, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, hypernatremia).

This has helped me on numerous practice questions so I thought I would share.

And if I may add:

ADDISONS CUSHINGS CONN'S

C-alcemia Hyper Hypo

G-lycemia Hypo Hyper

K-alemia Hyper Hypo Hypo

N-atremia Hypo Hyper Hyper

T-ension Hypo Hyper Hyper + Metab Alk

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