Gastrointestinal (GI) and hepatobiliary diseases affect many people and can be debilitating. As an advanced practice nurse (APN), understanding the similar symptoms associated with the many disorders is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. The purpose of this discussion is to explain the diagnosis related to the provided case study for this week and my rationale. Additionally, describe an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patient’s history, diagnosis, and drugs currently prescribed. Review of the Case Study Patient HL comes into the clinic with the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The patient has a history of drug abuse and possible Hepatitis C. HL is currently taking the following prescription drugs: Synthroid 100 mcg daily Nifedipine 30 mg daily Prednisone 10 mg daily Explanation of Diagnosis with Rationale After reviewing the patient’s health history and current chief complaint, I believe that HL is experiencing the viral Hepatitis C virus (HCV). According to the case study, HL has a history of drug abuse and possible Hepatitis C. There can be an absence of symptoms or later show signs and symptoms of fatigue, poor appetite, weight loss, dark- colored urine, nausea, vomiting,
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- Fall '13
- Gastroenterology, Hepatitis C