Diagnosis Of Possible Anorexic Case Study

Length: 4 pages Sources: 4 Subject: Health - Nursing Type: Case Study Paper: #50977080 Related Topics: Bulimia Nervosa, Pneumonia, Arthritis, Anorexia Nervosa
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The author of this report has been asked to review the results and history of a woman who has come for treatment. She is a woman with Irish descent and there are some fairly disturbing signs that can be seen through her medical history, her current results, what she is taking in terms of drugs and her list of diagnoses. Each of those factors, facts and diagnoses will be explored in terms of the implications, the likelihood of a problem and so forth. While anorexia would be a pretty bad thing for this patient to have, it does indeed seem to be the most pressing and likely thing going on with this patient.


Before getting to the primary and other diagnoses, there are a few things in the vitals and basic information that should be explored. First, the woman in question is a scant five feet tall and she weights one hundred fifty pounds. This is clearly overweight for a woman of her height as she should be much closer to one hundred pounds than one hundred fifty unless she has outstanding muscle mass and very little fat. The rest of the vitals and history are not extremely concerning with a few exceptions. First, someone her age should absolutely have an influenza shot every year. Also, she should absolutely have a Pneumovax given her age and the fact that she had pneumonia fairly recently. While her family history of health is pretty good up to and including the fact that her parents both lived into their 90's, pneumonia and similar disorders are something that should be kept away and prevented whenever and however possible. Her last tetanus being more than ten years ago also needs to be addressed. Her lack of the herpes zoster vaccine should be addressed as shingles is something else that should be addressed given her age. This would go double if she did not have chickenpox as a child given that adults typically have a much rougher go of things when they get the


However, it does not seem that there is a family history. However, she should have a colonoscopy to ensure that there are no issue. Twelve years is a long time for someone her age to have gone without such a screening. She should also get a bone density screening even though none of the diagnoses that came up with today's tests and review suggest a problem with arthritis and so forth. She is also fairly clear of any sign of diabetes and the like despite the fact that she is overweight. Her heart beat sounds fine and her lungs are also good. Her blood pressure is very good but her overall BMI is not great at all. However, she would fall under the class of "overweight" rather than "obese" unless or until she reaches a BMI of thirty or higher, per the CDC. She could stand to lose a few pounds but that is not the biggest problem here (CDC, 2015). The biggest problem, and the source of many of the diagnoses in her list, relate to her mental health.


There are clearly some troubling signs when it comes to psychiatric health. For example, her psych results in general are not a good sign and the fact that she behaved in the manner in which she did during the tests is fairly revealing. Also problematic is the fact that she "nibbles" when she eats and her ostensibly rampant insomnia. This would make anorexia the clear and obvious concern as her issues clearly center on both eating and mental issues in general. However, that might not be the only issue. One differential diagnosis that came up is hypothyroidism. This is something that affects women in the patient's age group and it is easy to detect. While this would not seem to be the major issue for this patient, it could be the issue or at least a contributing factor (Mayo, 2015). Thus, a blood test to ensure the thyroid is operating properly should be done to rule this out as the major or a comorbid cause of problems for the patient. Anemia is also something that should be screened for and such but there are not any overt signs that she is…

Sources Used in Documents:


CDC. (2015). Adult BMI Calculator: English -- Assessing Your Weight -- Healthy Weight -- DNPAO -- CDC. Cdc.gov. Retrieved 20 October 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

Kaye, W., Bulik, C., Thornton, L., Barbarich, N., & Masters, K. (2004). Comorbidity of Anxiety Disorders With Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. American Journal Of Psychiatry, 161(12), 2215-2221. http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.161.12.2215

Mayo. (2015). Hypothyroidism - Mayo Clinic. Mayoclinic.org. Retrieved 20 October 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/basics/definition/con-20021179

WebMD. (2015). The Basics of Anemia. WebMD. Retrieved 20 October 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-anemia-basics

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