Posted: March 8th, 2022
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M.L. a 31-year-old woman visits a gastroenterologist’s office with complaints of diarrhea and diffuse abdominal pain. She reports that she has at least four loose stools per day. An extensive history is obtained. She is married with two children ages 3 and 4 ½ who are in part-time preschool while M.L. works part-time in a real estate office. She is able to provide a stool sample that day and the stool is bloody with mucus. Although the sample will be sent to a laboratory for analysis, the gastroenterologist suggests an endoscopy and histologic studies of biopsied tissue. She discusses the possible diagnoses, among them Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
What type of pain is likely being experienced by M.L.?
What is the type of diarrhea caused by an inflammatory disorder of the intestine?
How might abdominal pain and diarrhea impact a patient during this developmental stage of life?
Textbook, Chapters 38-42.
Huether, S. E., McCance, K. L., & Brashers, V. L. (2020). Understanding pathophysiology (7th ed.). Elsevier Mosby.
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