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Medical endocrinology is the study of diseases caused by hormonal dysfunction.

A hormone is a chemical messenger which is produced by specialized secretory cells and has an action on cells nearby (paracrine) or at a distance (endocrine).

The endocrine system co-ordinates the activities of different cells and tissues thereby maintaining homeostasis.

This section covers the following topics:

  • basic knowledge in endocrinology:
    • synthesis, storage, release & transport of hormones
    • control of hormone concentrations
    • testing endocrine function
    • epidemiology of endocrine disease
    • general clinical features in endocrine disease

  • endocrine diseases and conditions