Example Question: When did you last see the dentist? Finding: Reports regular visits in childhood (Available) Pro Tip: Seeing a dentist regularly as a child can lay the foundation for good dental hygiene and prevent infection. Asking Tina how often she saw the dentist as a child will suggest her health and dental history. Example Question: How often did you see the dentist when you were a child? Finding: Reports a few cavities in childhood
(Available) Pro Tip: In some cases, infection can spread to a cheekbone through an infected tooth. Asking Tina what dental problems she's had might indicate a problem area that has caused infection. Example Question: What dental problems have you had? Finding: Asked about review of systems for neck, throat and glands Finding: Denies history of recurrent strep throat (Available) Pro Tip: Soliciting a shallow medical history relevant to Tina's chief complaint will allow you to assess her condition relative to past concerns. Example Question: Do you get strep throat often? Finding: Denies lymph node problems (Available) Pro Tip: Swollen lymph nodes may appear in the neck when an infection is present. Asking Tina whether she has had any problems with her lymph nodes will solicit a history of her condition.
Example Question: Do you have any problems with your lymph nodes? Finding: Denies history of general throat problems (Available) Pro Tip: Throat problems are often linked to sinusitis. Asking Tina if she has a history of throat problems will illustrate her medical history in relation to similar concerns. Example Question: Do you have a history of throat problems? Finding: Denies voice changes (Found) Pro Tip: Sinusitis can often lead to tonsil problems and voice changes. Asking Tina if she has noticed any changes to her voice would indicate whether her symptoms might be caused by sinus problems. Example Question: Have you noticed any changes to your voice? Finding: Denies history of tonsil problems (Available) Pro Tip: Sinusitis can often lead to tonsil problems. Asking Tina if she has a history of tonsil problems would reveal whether problems with her sinuses have led to tonsil problems.
Example Question: Do you have any history of tonsil problems? Finding: Denies general neck pain (Available) Pro Tip: Neck pain, soreness, or soft tissue damage might result in sinus pain. Asking Tina if she has neck pain is soliciting information about a possible cause of her symptoms.
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