Case Study 4 Essay

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Module 08 Case Study: CNS Movement Disorders Part I—"Harry" Questions 1. What condition or conditions (disease/diseases) could Harry have as described in this case? Which one would be your primary diagnosis? In a very general explanation, describe this condition/disease. (1 point) Harry suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This disease affects a person’s motor neurons affecting voluntary motor control by damaging both the upper motor neuron and lower motor neuron. 2. Which patient findings/observations lead you to your primary diagnosis? How do they relate to the primary diagnosis? (1 point) It was Harry’s general weakness his clumsiness, and his suffering from extreme fatigue and weight loss…show more content…
4. What treatment options are available for this condition? (1 point) Research has yet to find a means of curing or even slowing the deadly progression of HD although some medications can relieve some of the symptoms in certain individuals. 5. What is the prevalence and prognosis of this condition? Is it an inheritable (genetic) condition/disease? (1 point) At this time, there is no way to stop or reverse the course of HD. There is no current treatment to halt the progression, which leads to death after ten to twenty-five years. However, research has identified and located the gene for HD, so it is inheritable, but hopefully this identified gene can help researchers learn more about this horrific disease. 6. What types of care and health care support will Keith have to possibly depend upon in the future? What preparations should Keith make? (1 point) Keith will have to depend greatly on others, which is why he was placed in the nursing home. Part III—"Jim” Questions 1. What condition or conditions (disease/diseases) could Jim have as described in this case? Which one would be your primary diagnosis? In a very general explanation, describe this condition/disease. (1 point) I believe Jim has Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. 2. Which patient findings/observations lead you to your primary

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