Hunter Syndrome Paper

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Hunters Syndrome Michele Frizzell HCS/245 June 16, 2014 Erich Widemark Hunter Syndrome Most infants at one point or another get an ear infection, runny nose or a cold. As a parent, what would you do if your child had symptoms such as these? What diagnosis would a pediatrician give? The commonality of these symptoms in infants is high; therefore, Hunter Syndrome, or Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS II) would be the least likely diagnosis. The purpose of this paper is to educate individuals about Hunter Syndrome (MPS II). What is this disease? What population is vulnerable and is the environment a factor? Is there a mode of transmission? How does society perceive individuals with MPS II, and what are some health promotion strategies for prevention…show more content…
Treatment involves management of symptoms and complications. Respiratory, cardiac, skeletal and connective tissue, brain and nervous system and longer recovery time are all complications from Hunter Syndrome ("Mayo Clinic", 2012). Symptoms of the disease include a large head, a swollen abdomen, frequent ear infections, a distinctive coarseness in facial features including a prominent forehead, a nose with a flattened bridge, and enlarged tongue. Breathing problems while sleeping, joint stiffness, and developmental delays are just a few of the many complications caused by Hunter Syndrome. Some children develop pebbly or ivory colored skin lesions on the upper arms, legs and back. The degree of advancement is different in each individual, and the range is very broad in the types and severity of symptoms (National MPS Society, 2014). The extent of mental retardation and life expectancy are two of the highest concerns related to Hunter Syndrome. Those with the disease that are not mentally retarded have lived into their 20’s and 30’s. Reports show some have lived to be sixty. In a large number of individuals, the quality of life remains high and many adults gain employment, while others develop severe mental impairments and only live 15 years or less ("News Medical",

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