Week 6 Main Post.docx - Week 6 Main Post NURS 6501 Respiratory System In scenario three Maria is a 36-year-old who presents for evaluation of a cough

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Week 6 Main PostNURS 6501Respiratory SystemIn scenario three, Maria is a 36-year-old who presents for evaluation of a cough. She developed a cold approximately 3 weeks ago. She has since recovered; however a cough has lingered. She denies any rhinorrhea or rhinitis. She develops these coughing fits that are prolonged, very deep, and productive of a lot of green sputum. Maria has no fever. She has tried over-the-counter cough medicines but has not had much relief. The cough keeps her awake at night and sometimes gets so bad that she gags and dry heaves. Based on the symptoms described in scenario three, Maria would be diagnosed with acute bronchitis. Pathophysiology of BronchitisAcute bronchitis is an acute infection or inflammation of the airways (Huether & McCance, 2017). It is often secondary to a viral infection (Kinkade & Long, 2016). Maria is experiencing an inflammatory response in her bronchi. The inflammation causes bronchial edema. Thick, green mucus is a product of the edema (Hammer & McPhee, 2014).
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