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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: My Stomach Hurts!

Case Study: My Stomach Hurts!

This is the first in a series of case studies from my experience teaching pathophysiology. A young man arrives at the acute care clinic complaining of diffuse abdominal pain. We don’t need House MD to…

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Trust Your Gut? A Fecal Transplant Could Change Your Life

Trust Your Gut? A Fecal Transplant Could Change Your Life

It’s important for nurses to be knowledgeable about alternative treatment modalities. Fecal Microbial Transplant (FMT) is a well-accepted practice for the treatment of C. diff, however in the U.S. it …

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

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

Can “tripping” cure depression? Can taking ecstasy heal PTSD? Can LSD reduce chronic anxiety? This article explores the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness. Read on to find links for more info…

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Does Childhood Abuse Prevent Weight Loss?: Mind-Body Connection Pt. 2

Does Childhood Abuse Prevent Weight Loss?: Mind-Body Connection Pt. 2

This article is a follow up to part 1: Why Is This Patient Smelling Music? I discuss my own experiences with childhood sexual abuse (trigger warning), the Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) Study, and th…

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Why Is This Patient Smelling Music? - The Mind-Body Connection Pt. 1

Why Is This Patient Smelling Music? - The Mind-Body Connection 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…

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Can You Prevent This Medical Error?

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…

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Sick And Tired, Seeing Things? You Might Have Anemia

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…

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

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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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