Ms. A, age 35, was given a Pap test during a routine medical checkup. The test showed marked dysplasia of cervical cells but no sign of infection.
1.Discuss the purposes and uses of diagnostic testing and how it applies in this scenario. (See Diagnostic Testing.)
Diagnostic testing’s purpose is to identify a disease as both a preventative measure, and to confirm a disease when signs and symptoms are displayed. In this scenario, a pap smear was the diagnostic test and because it marked dysplasia, the practitioner and patient can be prepared for the next steps. The patient can receive more than the recommended check ups to keep an eye on the cervical cells, and if malignant cells are identified, they can take therapeutic actions sooner than if Ms. A did not attend her routine check up. 2.Discuss how the following terms might apply to this scenario: prognosis, latent stage, remission, exacerbations, predisposing factors.(See The Language of Pathophysiology—terms frequently used.)