Posted: January 6th, 2017
Week 3: Cardiovascular, Cellular, and Hematologic Disorders – Discussion Part One This week’s graded topics relate to the following Course Outcomes (COs). 1 Analyze pathophysiologic mechanisms associated with selected disease states. (PO 1) 2 Differentiate the epidemiology, etiology, developmental considerations, pathogenesis, and clinical and laboratory manifestations of specific disease processes. (PO 1) 3 Examine the way in which homeostatic, adaptive, and compensatory physiological mechanisms can be supported and/or altered through specific therapeutic interventions. (PO 1, 7) 4 Distinguish risk factors associated with selected disease states. (PO 1) 5 Describe outcomes of disruptive or alterations in specific physiologic processes. (PO 1) 6 Distinguish risk factors associated with selected disease states. (PO 1) 7 Explore age-specific and developmental alterations in physiologic and disease states A 17-year-old African American from the inner city complains of severe chest and abdominal pain. Upon examination the attending physician performs and EKG, chest x-ray, and an abdominal and chest clinical examination and finds nothing. Assuming, she is drug seeking he sends her home. She comes back to the ER 4 hours later and now you see the patient. She explains that she was running track this past afternoon at school and that despite being very hot (100 F) she pushed on. Afterwards, she starts feeling extensive pain in her chest and abdomen. She has jaundiced eyes, her blood pressure is 98/50, pulse is 112, T = 99.9 F, R = 28. The pain seems out of proportion to the physical findings. What is your list of differential diagnoses in this case and explain how each of these fits with the case patient as described above. Be sure to list at least four (4) pertinent differential diagnoses. Indicate which of these you would select as the most likely diagnosis and explain why. Now, as she is in the ER she begins to exhibit stroke like features. ? Does this change your differential? How do you treat this patient now? Are they any preventative actions that could have been taken?
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