An understanding of cells and cell behavior is a
critically important component of disease diagnosis and treatment. But some
diseases can be complex in nature, with a variety of factors and circumstances
impacting their emergence and severity.
Effective disease analysis often requires an
understanding that goes beyond isolated cell behavior. Genes, the environments
in which cell processes operate, the impact of patient characteristics, and
racial and ethnic variables all can have an important impact.
An understanding of the signals and symptoms of
alterations in cellular processes is a critical step in the diagnosis and
treatment of many diseases. For APRNs, this understanding can also help educate
patients and guide them through their treatment plans.
In this Assignment, you examine a case study and analyze the symptoms
presented. You identify cell, gene, and/or process elements that may be factors
in the diagnosis, and you explain the implications to patient health.
42-year-old man comes to clinic with chief complaint of pain, redness, and
swelling of his right calf. He states that he had been working in his yard
using a string trimmer when the trimmer slipped and cut his leg. He cleaned the
wound with water from the garden hose and covered the wound with a large
Band-Aid. Several days later, he developed fever to 100.6˚ F and chills and
noticed that his leg was swollen and red. He comes to the emergency department
for definitive care.
The Assignment (1- to
2-page case study analysis)
Develop a 1- to 2-page case study analysis in
Explain why you think the patient presented the
Identify the genes that may be associated with the
development of the disease.
Explain the process of immunosuppression and the effect
it has on body systems.
Evaluate cellular processes and alterations within
Analyze alterations in the immune system that result in
Identify racial/ethnic variables that may impact
Evaluate the impact of patient characteristics on
disorders and altered physiology