Assessing the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

consider case studies of abnormal findings from patients in a clinical setting. You determine what history should be collected from the patients, what physical exams and diagnostic tests should be conducted, and formulate a differential diagnosis with several possible conditions. TO PREPARE: By Day 1 of this week, you will be assigned to a specific case study for this Case Study Assignment. BELOW IS THE ASSIGNED CASE STUDY CASE STUDY 1: Focused Nose Exam Richard is a 50-year-old male with nasal congestion, sneezing, rhinorrhea, and postnasal drainage. Richard has struggled with an itchy nose, eyes, palate, and ears for 5 days. As you check his ears and throat for redness and inflammation, you notice him touch his fingers to the bridge of his nose to press and rub there. He says he’s taken Mucinex OTC (over the counter) the past 2 nights to help him breathe while he sleeps. When you ask if the Mucinex has helped at all, he sneers slightly and gestures that the improvement is only minimal. Richard is alert and oriented. He has pale, boggy nasal mucosa with clear thin secretions and enlarged nasal turbinates, which obstruct airway flow but his lungs are clear. His tonsils are not enlarged but his throat is mildly erythematous. -Also, your Case Study Assignment should be in the Episodic/Focused SOAP Note format rather than the traditional narrative style format. Refer to Chapter 2 of the Sullivan text and the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template (UPLOADED) in the Week 5 Learning Resources for guidance. Remember that all Episodic/Focused SOAP Notes have specific data included in every patient case. With regard to the case study you were assigned: Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the insights they provide. -Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient. -Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather more information about the patient’s condition. -How would the results be used to make a diagnosis? Identify at least five possible conditions that may be considered in a differential diagnosis for the patient. THE ASSIGNMENT: -Use the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template (UPLOADED) and create an episodic/focused note about the patient in the case study to which you were assigned using the episodic/focused note template provided in the Week 5 resources. -Provide evidence from the literature to support diagnostic tests that would be appropriate for each case. – List five different possible conditions for the patient’s differential diagnosis and justify why you selected each

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