NR 601 Week 6 Case Study Discussions.

NR 601 Week 6 Case Study Discussions.

NR 601 Week 6 Case Study Discussions.

Vital signs: blood pressure 145/90, heart rate 100, respirations 20
height 5’1”; weight 210 pounds


CBC: normal

UA: 2+ glucose; 1+ protein; negative for ketones

CMP: BUN/Creat. elevated; Glucose is 300 mg/dL

Hemoglobin A1c: 12%

Thyroid panel: normal

LFTs: normal

Cholesterol: total cholesterol (206), LDL elevated; HDL is low
EKG: normal

General: obese female in not acute distress
HEENT: unremarkable

CV: S1 and S2 RRR without murmurs or rubs

Lungs: Clear to auscultation


Abdomen– soft, round, nontender with positive bowel sounds present; no organomegaly; no abdominal bruits

Discussion Questions Part Two


For the primary diagnosis, what non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies would be appropriate?

Include the following: lab work and screenings to be completed.
Describe patient education strategies.

Describe follow-up and any referrals that may be necessary.

Discussion Part One (graded)

C.G. is a 69-year-old male with a history of right head and neck cancer that you have been following for one year. The carcinoma was initially localized to the head and neck-specifically at the left lingual tonsil region and went on to complete a total of 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Recently, the last PET scan indicated some metabolic activity in the left lymph node area along with other regions of abnormal metabolic activity in the body-particularly the liver and the lungs indicating metastasis. C.G. indicates that he is tired of the effects of chemotherapy and radiation and does not want to pursue any more treatment for cancer.


Right head and neck cancer with metastasis to liver and lungs; patient is refusing further treatment.







Current medications:

Carvedilol 12.5 mg po 1 daily

Furosemide 40 mg po daily


2012: right radical neck dissection



Vaccination History:

Influenza vaccine last received 1 year ago

Received pneumovax at age 65

Received Tdap 5 years ago

Has not had the herpes zoster vaccine

Social history and Risk Factors:

Former smoker-stopped smoking at the time his cancer was diagnosed-2 years ago

Negative for alcohol intake or drug use

Patient does not have an advanced directive or living will. He is refusing further treatment for his cancer and his wife and children are in disagreement with him. The patient wants to know what his options are for the remainder of his life.

Family history:



Discussion Part One:


Provide differential diagnoses (DD) with rationale.

Further ROS questions needed to develop DD.

Identify the legal/ethical issues involved with the patient and describe your approach to addressing end-of-life care for this patient.

Discussion Part Two (graded)

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Physical examination:

Vital Signs: Height: 6’0 Weight: 140 pounds; BMI: 19.0 BP: 156/84 P: 84 regular R: 20

HEENT: normocephalic, symmetric PERRLA, EOMI; poor dentition
NECK: left neck supple; non-palpable lymph nodes; no carotid bruits. Limited ROM

LUNGS: rhonchi in anterior chest bilaterally.

HEART: S1 and S2 audible; regular rate and rhythm

ABDOMEN: active bowel sounds all 4 quadrants; Normal contour; RUQ tenderness; liver palpable

NEUROLOGIC: negative



PSYCH: PHQ-9 is 15

SKIN: oral mucosa irritated-stomatitis

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Discussion Part Two:

Summarize the history and results of the physical exam. Discuss the differential diagnosis and rationale for choosing the primary diagnosis. Include one evidence-based journal article that supports your rationale and include a complete treatment plan that includes medications, possible referrals, patient education, ICD 10 Codes, and plan for follow up. NR 601 Week 6 Case Study Discussions.NR 601 Week 6 Case Study Discussions.