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Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use resources from the online library. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

Post your initial response to one of the scenarios below.

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments


Using  the South University Online Library, the Internet and your textbook,  research the causes, symptoms, recommended diagnostic tests, possible  treatments, and expected outcomes for disorders in the following  systems:

  • Head and neck
  • Oropharynx
  • Eye and the visual system

Scenario 1

A  50-year-old woman is admitted with chief complaints of headache and  decreased range of motion in her neck. She also complains of vertigo,  hearing loss in one ear, profuse sweating, and uncontrollable eye  movements. Her past medical history indicates that she was in a motor  vehicle accident three days before her admission.

  • What are the possible causes of these symptoms?
  • What specific diagnostic testing would you recommend? Why?
  • What conditions should be ruled out? Why?
    • How would you distinguish between these conditions?

Scenario 2

While  interviewing and examining a 17-year-old male, you discover a white  patch on his buccal mucosa and slanting palpebral fissures in his eyes.  He also states during the interview that he plays baseball and is hoping  to earn an athletic scholarship to college.

  • What do you suspect?
  • What kind of client teaching is appropriate in this situation?
    • Discuss appropriate educational materials for health promotion and disease prevention
  • When would slanting palpebral fissures be normal?
  • While performing a retinal exam on this patient, you find the margins of the optic disc are blurred and indistinct.
    • What further testing would be required? Why
  • What is the foremost cause of this clinical finding?

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