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Case Study Investigations (CSI)

Test your knowledge and clinical investigative skills in trying to diagnose what is going on with the patients presented in each of the allnurses Case Study Investigations. Information will be released over a period of days. It is up to you to put the medical clues together and come up with the right diagnosis.

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Case Study: What’s Causing This Cough?

Case Study: What’s Causing This Cough?

A new case study in which the patient, H.T. an 82-year-old Hispanic man presents to his primary care clinic with cough, malaise and confusion. How well do you know your way around a cough? Is it a col…

18 replies
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Case Study(CSI): Stomach flu? Anxiety? What’s Going on Here?

Case Study(CSI): Stomach flu? Anxiety? What’s Going on Here?

A new case study in which the patient, A.W. a 65-year-old African American woman presents to her primary care clinic with unspecified complaints. She told the scheduler, “Something’s just not right. I…

38 replies
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Case Study: I’m too tired to walk the dog…

Case Study: I’m too tired to walk the dog…

A new case study in which the patient, T.K. a 51-year-old woman who has finally taken a staycation, doesn’t have enough energy to walk her dog. You’re the CSI – read through the findings, ask question…

13 replies
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Case Study: My Stomach Hurts

Case Study: My Stomach Hurts

It’s late in the day on a beautiful Saturday in late summer. You are finishing up your shift at a local urgent care clinic when a 28-year-old, white male comes in complaining of diffuse abdominal pain…

34 replies
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Case Study: Trust Your Gut? A Fecal Transplant Could Change Your Life

Case Study: Trust Your Gut? A Fecal Transplant Could Change Your Life

Fecal Microbial Transplant (FMT) is a well-accepted practice for the treatment of C. diff, however in the U.S. it is still typically used only after multiple rounds of antibiotics have been used, desp…

19 replies
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Case Study: Magic Mushrooms as Medicine? Mind-Body Connection Pt. 3

Case Study: Magic Mushrooms as Medicine? Mind-Body Connection Pt. 3

Can “tripping” cure depression? Can LSD reduce chronic anxiety? This article explores the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness. Read on to find links for more information, as well as how to enr…

11 replies
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Case Study: Does Childhood Abuse Prevent Weight Loss? Pt. 2

Case Study: Does Childhood Abuse Prevent Weight Loss? Pt. 2

I discuss my own experiences with childhood sexual abuse (trigger warning), the Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) Study, and the specific impact of childhood trauma on the body and mind. In part 3, I wi…

9 replies
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Case Study: Why Is This Patient Smelling Music? Pt. 1

Case Study: Why Is This Patient Smelling Music? Pt. 1

This article presents a case study of a young woman in her freshman year of college who comes to the student health clinic complaining of sudden onset panic attacks. Other symptoms include nausea, diz…

7 replies
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Case Study: Can You Prevent This Medical Error?

Case Study: Can You Prevent This Medical Error?

This article presents a case study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2002. An older patient was much improved after a difficult postoperative course. On the morning of her planned transf…

28 replies
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Case Study: Sick And Tired, Seeing Things? You Might Have Anemia

Case Study: Sick And Tired, Seeing Things? You Might Have Anemia

This is a true story about a young woman who began to hallucinate. In the 'Mystery of The Dog in a Fedora', you can read the story from the beginning. This is part two, and includes the solution to th…

9 replies
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Case Study: Why Is She Having Hallucinations? The Mystery of The Dog in A Fedora

Case Study: Why Is She Having Hallucinations? The Mystery of The Dog in A Fedora

This is a true story about a young woman who began to hallucinate. You’ll find all the clues you might need to figure out why she started seeing things that weren’t really there. Part two will include…

60 replies
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Case Study: "Her face pulled to the left."

Case Study: "Her face pulled to the left."

An interesting case study: The triage note reads possible stroke, facial droop and dizziness. The husband says, "Her face just pulled to the left

2 replies
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Case Study: "A Case of Bad Blood"

Case Study: "A Case of Bad Blood"

The following article describes a clinical diagnosis encountered by nurses in Critical Care. The author aims to present the condition using current patho-physiologic theories surrounding its cause and…

17 replies
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Case Study: Cyanosis

Case Study: Cyanosis

This is a case study of a young woman with a complex medical history presenting with acute chest pain and cyanosis. The case is based on a real patient with details changed to maintain privacy. The ca…

20 replies
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Case Study: Fever

Case Study: Fever

The following is a case involving a patient with fever. As the case evolves, I will present assessment findings, lab results, and diagnostic results in the hope of eliciting responses on how we would …

41 replies
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Case Study: Solve A Neurologic Mystery

Case Study: Solve A Neurologic Mystery

This is a case study involving an elderly female with complex medical history who presented with altered mental status of unclear etiology. The patient in this case is unable to give a history. There …

49 replies
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