An understanding of the signals and symptoms of alterations in cellular processes is a critical step in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. For APRNs, this understanding can also help educate patients and guide them through their treatment plans. In this Assignment, you examine a case study and analyze the symptoms presented. You identify cell, gene, and/or process elements that may be factors in the diagnosis, and you explain the implications to patient health.
The Assignment (2-page case study analysis)
Develop a 2-page case study analysis in which you:
· Explain why you think the patient presented the symptoms described.
· Identify the genes that may be associated with the development of the disease.
· Explain the process of immunosuppression and the effect it has on body systems.
A 49-year-old patient with rheumatoid arthritis comes into the clinic with a chief complaint of a fever. Patients current medications include atorvastatin 40 mg at night, methotrexate 10 mg po every Friday morning and prednisone 5 mg po qam. He states that he has had a fever up to 101 degrees F for about a week and admits to chills and sweats. He says he has had more fatigue than usual and reports some chest pain associated with coughing. He admits to having occasional episodes of hemoptysis. He works as a grain inspector at a large farm cooperative. After extensive work-up, the patient was diagnosed with Invasive aspergillosis.