Focused Thyroid Exam: Assessing the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

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Focused Thyroid Exam: Assessing the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

Case Study Assignment: Assessing the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

You will be assigned to a specific case study for this Case Study Assignment. Please see the Course Announcements section of the classroom for your assignment from your Instructor.

CASE STUDY: Focused Thyroid Exam

Kali, a 44 year old female is in the office for a complete physical examination. She complains of proptosis and feeling fatigued. Her TSH levels are elevated, she has hyperlipidemia, her neck appears swollen, and is overweight.

Also, your Case Study Assignment should be in the Episodic/Focused SOAP Note format rather than the traditional narrative style format. Refer to Chapter 2 of the Sullivan text and the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template in the Week 5 Learning Resources for guidance. Remember that all Episodic/Focused SOAP Notes have specific data included in every patient case.

With regard to the case study you were assigned:

Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the insights they provide.

Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient.

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.

The Assignment

Use the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template and create an episodic/focused note about the patient in the case study to which you were assigned using the episodic/focused note template provided in the Week 5 resources. Provide evidence from the literature to support diagnostic tests that would be appropriate for each case. List five different possible conditions for the patient’s differential diagnosis and justify why you selected each.