0. Navigate to the WebMD® Web site at http://www.webmd.com
0. Select a digestive disorder discussed in the Main forum for this week’s Discussion Question 2. Choose a discussion in which you did not participate.
0. Write a 250- to 300-word response to the following:
o Describe the medical equipment and procedures involved in diagnosing and treating the condition.
o If the disease has been diagnosed, do you agree with the doctor? Why or why not?
o If you do not agree with the doctor, or the disease has not yet been diagnosed, offer a diagnosis and treatment plan.
A: Patients symptoms as provided by the patient: “I have noticed a slight yellowing to my skin. I have lost my appetite and have a temperature. I am nauseous and this has been going on for about two weeks. I thought I had the flu but I just can not seem to shake it. I ruled out food poisoning because the last time I ate bad seafood was about four weeks ago. I am miserable!! What's wrong with me?”
Based on the symptoms provided by the patient of jaundice skin, nausea, fever, and loss of appetite I am diagnosing this patient with Hepatitis A. The diagnosis for Hepatitis A is a blood test. There is no known treatment for Hepatitis A but follow up liver function tests need to be performed and monitored to ensure that there is no lasting damage to the liver and that your body is recovering from Hepatitis A. There is a vaccination for Hepatitis A and it is recommended for anyone over a year old. Good hygiene, washing of your hands frequently, is a simple and common prevention of Hepatitis A.
Based on the posts in the discussion area, I agree with the diagnosis of Hepatitis A based on the symptoms provided by the patient. It is interesting to note that countries with poor sanitation provide increased risk for Hepatitis A as does a man who has sex with another man, drug users and someone that has... [continues]
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