NSG 6340 DQ Common Adolescent Health Conditions

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NSG 6340 DQ Common Adolescent Health Conditions

NSG 6340 DQ Common Adolescent Health Conditions

In Week 3 you learned about other common
adolescent health conditions. Review the
following case study and answer the following questions:

An 18 year old white female presents to
your clinic today with a 2 week history of intermittent abdominal pain. She also is positive for periodic cramping
and diarrhea as well as low grade fever.
She also notes reduced appetite. She notes that She admits smoking ½ PPD
for the last 2 years. Denies any illegal drug or alcohol use. Does note a
positive history of Crohn’s Disease.
Based on the information provided answer the following questions:

What are the top 3 differentials you would
consider with the presumptive final diagnosis listed first?

What focused physical exam findings would
be beneficial to know?

What diagnostic testing needs completed if
any to confirm diagnosis?

Using evidence based treatment guidelines
note a treatment plan.

Submission Details:

Post your response to the Discussion Area
by the due date assigned. Respond to at least two posts by the end of the week.


It is time to get ready for school and as the beginning of the school year approaches my teenage girls and I talk about readiness for academic preparation and we’ve also talked about taking care of them from a physical standpoint. What medical conditions have you seen that are most likely to occur during adolescence? I want to make sure as a parent that I am on top of possible health conditions that may crop up during the high school years.


That is a wonderful question. There are indeed multiple common medical conditions and disorders that crop up during adolescence. This is a good place to begin…..

. Communicable diseases are typically the most likely ones to crop up initially. These would include the common cold, strep throat, pink eye, whooping cough and gastroenteritis. What is interesting about gastroenteritis is that it is a highly contagious condition spread by contact such as sharing food or eating and drinking from contaminated utensils.

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So the smart thing to tell your teen is; don’t share your utensils.

2. Recurrent headaches are also a frequent complaint among adolescents and young adults. Almost 75% of teens by age fifteen have experienced headaches. Most recurrent headaches in adolescence are not associated with severe pathology, however, if it persists then one has to determine whether or not there is a pattern of classic migraine or cluster headaches and this needs to be reviewed with the primary care physician.

3. Sleep Issues. Sleep disorders can be a common problem in teens as either a major complaint or just periodic insomnia or hyper insomnia. Most teens require eight to nine hours of sleep. Teens with sleep problems should be asked about the type of problem. A medical condition that often crops up when sleep continues to be a problem is asthma. This needs to be reviewed.

4. Fatigue. You’re going to hear teens complain about fatigue, being exhausted. Part of this is just the getting back to the transition of a schedule that requires multiple demands, physical demands, sometimes dieting or allergic reactions. However, when fatigue is characterized by severe disabling, a combination of symptoms of not being able to manage the demands of the day. Again, your primary care physician needs to be consulted. But it is a very common complaint among adolescents. Chronic fatigue syndrome.

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