Assessing the Abdomen


Assessing the Abdomen


In this Discussion, you will consider case studies that describe abnormal findings in
patients seen in a clinical setting. You will consider what history should be collected
from the patients, as well as which physical exams and diagnostic tests should be
conducted- You will also formulate a differential diagnosis with several possible

Case 3: Nausea and Vomiting

A 20-year-old female complains of nausea and has vomited three times over the past
48 hours- The patient also experienced a low-grade fever this morning- She states that
she recently ate shellfish at a new restaurant with two friends who are suffering from
similar symptoms.

To prepare:

consider the insights provided about the case study.

Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient in the case study
you were assigned-

Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather
more information about the patient’s condition. How would the results be used to
make a diagnosis?

Identify at least five possible conditions that may be considered in a differential
diagnosis for the patient-

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