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Relevance of Diagnostics for this CaseTo make an accurate diagnosis for this case, it is advisable to undertake diagnostic tests to eliminate any peripheral conditions that could not have caused the condition. Therefore, a physical examination by a physician would have been advisable to have a clear and realistic potential cause of this condition. For instance, the doctor can perform a pelvic exam where all the visual and physical examinations are undertaken. This examination focuses on the reproductive organs and the physician inspects the cervix, vagina, vulva, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the uterus. In the process, the doctor can discover an irritation,
WEEK 10 ANALYZE SOAP NOTE 7redness or discharge cysts which can indicate sexually transmitted diseases (Ball et al., 2015).Furthermore, a physician can also performa blood or culture test to identify whether the affected region has any bacterial infection. A culture test would have been more relevant in this case as it would have provided the specific cause of the bumps. This is ascertained from acultured tissue of the affected area which is subjected to a number of virus, fungal, and bacterial tests to identify the cause of the bump. From these tests, a cause of the bumps can beascertained and a clear treatment plan provided. Relying on the subjective and objective information on this patient can be largely misleading as the bumps could have been caused byvarious factors. However, performing further diagnostic tests could have been important in ensuring that the root cause of the problem is treated rather than managing the symptoms. Whether I would reject/Accept the Current DiagnosisFrom the objective and subjective information, it is not clear what the patient is suffering from. Taking the diagnosis of the condition asbeing herpes is largely acceptable in this case as the patient presents various risk factors that could have subjected her to the HSV. For instance, the client states that she has had multiple sex partners which increase the possibility of infection. Ideally, the HSV can be sexually transmitted and people are most susceptible when they participate in risky sexual behaviors (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). The client states that she has had more than one partner in the past year. People are also at risk of contracting herpes for having sex at a younger age which is synonymous with this patient who first had sex at 18 years. Another risk factor of developing herpes is having a history of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. In this case, the patienthas previously contracted an STI (Chlamydia) which she completed the prescribed treatment over two years ago. Therefore, I accept the current diagnosis based on the available patient information.
WEEK 10 ANALYZE SOAP NOTE 8Three Possible Conditions that May be Considered as a Differential Diagnosisfor this PatientDespite this, the bumps could have been symptoms of other possible conditions. For example, they could have been virginal cysts which are hard lumps on the wall of the vagina.