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Medical Report

  • Submitted by: Ashlveeozid
  • on November 24, 2009
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 267 words

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Patricia Wright

10-17-2009

Med. Term.

Week2 Assign.4

                                          MEDICAL REPORT

Patient Name: Karen Foster
Patient Number: 2009-7550-1
                      Birth Date: 02-14-1968
                      Report Date: 10-17-2009

Mrs. Foster is a 41 year old white female with a history of alcohol abuse. She is currently

taking azathioprine for rheumatoid arthritis and furosemide for hypertension. She has

recently been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis which is swelling (inflammation) of

the pancreas. The pancreas is the gland located behind the stomach. It releases digestive

enzymes and the hormones insulin and glucagon. In her family history, her father has

chronic panrcreatitis.

The main causes of acute pancreatitis in adults are:

Alcohol use

Gallblader Disease

Gallstones
Pancreas Divisum

Other causes include:

Certain medication such as azathioprine

  Hyperlipidemia

  Genetic factors (hereditary pancreatitis)

  Hypertriglyceridemia

The symptoms are:

Abdominal pain that is greatest in upper abdomen.

          Is persistent or chronic.

  May be worse lying flat on the back.

  May spread to the back or below the left shoulder blade.
  May be worse after drinking alcohol.
  Anxiety
  Fever
  Nausea or vomiting
An examination may show:
  Low blood pressure
  Rapid heart rate
  Rapid breathing
Tests that show release of pancreatic enzymes:
  Elevated serum amylase
  Evelated serum lipase
  Elevated urine amylase
        Tests that show inflammation of the pancreas are:
  CT Scan
  Endoscopy
  ERCP
  Also a stethoscope can be used to hear crackles at the lung bases.
The blood tests are:
  CBC
  Glucose test
  Hypercalcemia test
The prognosis is good if the patient avoids alcohol, but poor if does not.
There may be some complications such as:
  Heart failure
  Kidney failure
  Low blood pressure and
  Pseudocyst

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