Gastrointestinal Case Study
Henry, a 58 y/o male, recently reports waking up in the middle of the night with burning abdominal pain. Symptoms occur several nights a week with occasional discomfort in the middle of the afternoon. A bland diet or drinking milk do seem to help and spicy foods aggregate the symptoms.
SH: Works in a grocery store, divorced, non-smoker, drinks 1-2 beers/day
Meds: 1 325mg ASA daily for cardiovascular prevention
Constitutional: Decrease appetite and 5% weight loss; denies fever
ENT: Denies sore throat or drainage
Lungs: Occasional dry cough at night
Heart: Mid sternum chest burning intermittently
Abdomen: Epigastric burning and tenderness, denies constipation or diarrhea
Question answers should be based on evidence found in readings and from peer-reviewed literature. At least two sources must be used and cited in APA format for each question. Only one source can be a textbook. Resources should generally be within 5 years unless you are explaining the pathophysiology of a disease or providing pertinent background information
- Explain the pathophysiology of Peptic Ulcer Disease as compared to GERD and explain which one his symptoms most closely represent. Support with evidence.
- Explain the body’s natural protection against peptic ulcers from a pathophysiology standpoint.
- What diagnostic testing may be used to further evaluate the symptoms and what might this test tell the healthcare provider?