Diagnosis 19

The purpose of the Aquifer assignment is to teach you how to synthesize important patient information gathered during an office visit to select appropriate differentials and create subsequent diagnostic and treatment plans.

The Aquifer assignment is not a summarization of the Aquifer case, or an essay on the specific illness/disease presented.

The written portion of the Aquifer assignment should clearly outline your rationale for selecting your leading diagnosis and differentials, given the information collected for the patient presented.

While the write up needs to include an appropriately formatted title page per APA 7 guidelines, a formal introduction and conclusion are not needed.

An example outline of the written assignment should include would be as follows:

Leading Diagnosis (this is the diagnosis for which diagnostic and treatment plan will be written)

The leading diagnosis for this patient is ****. Leading diagnosis is supported by patient’s presenting symptoms of ***** ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings). Supporting physical assessment findings include ****** ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings).

Differential Diagnoses (must have 2 differentials)

Differential 1 (e.g. Influeza)

The first differential in this case is **** supported by patient presentation of *** ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings). The differential is further supported by physical exam findings of **** ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings). *** is less likely however due *(here you would present s/s, history physical exam findings that rule out differential) * ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings).

Differential 2 (e.g. Viral pharyngitis)

*** is the second possible differential in this case. Differential is supported by patient’s presenting symptoms of **** (citation). Patient’s physical assessment findings of *** further support the differential however, differential is less likely due to *** ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings).

Diagnostics

Here you would outline your diagnostic plan including any pertinent diagnostic test(s) or exam(s) indicated for diagnosis (must include citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline unless not available. If no guideline is available may use a Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference ). Brief statement regarding why test is being used, e.g. Positive RADT results are confirmatory for GAS in pediatric patients ( Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference citation).

Treatment Plan

*** is the first line treatment for *** (must include citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline unless not available. If no guideline is available may use a Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference ) Any medications should include name, route, dose, and duration ( Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference citation). Supportive measures recommended, including ***** ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings). Follow up **** ( citation of a Clinical Practice Guideline or Problem Specific Peer Reviewed Reference supporting findings)

References (documented per APA 7 guidelines)

Must include an appropriate clinical practice guideline unless there is not a written guideline for diagnosis. In the case no guideline is available a peer reviewed article written on the specific diagnosis selected may be used.

Aquifer Case Study #18 Family Medicine: Migraine Headaches without Aura

Student

United States University

FNP 591: Common Illnesses Across the Lifespan

Professor Georgia Strong

June 01, 2022

Leading diagnosis

The leading diagnosis for S.P. is migraine headaches without aura. A diagnosis of migraine headaches without aura is supported by the patient’s report of unilateral and severe throbbing pain associated with nausea, photophobia, and hyperacusis occurring 2-3 times weekly (Cutrer, 2022). S.P meets 5 of the ICHD-3 diagnostic criteria for migraine without aura, including 1) having 5 attacks 2) headache attacks that last 4-72 hours, 3) characteristics such as unilateral pulsating headache, 4) nausea, vomiting, and photophobia during headache, and 5) does not match other ICHD-3 diagnosis (Cutrer, 2022).

Differential Diagnoses

Differential diagnoses for this patient include cluster-type headaches and anxiety.

Cluster-Type Headaches

The first differential for S.P. is cluster-type headaches, supported by a debilitating unilateral and severe throbbing pain that’s associated with nausea, photophobia, and hyperacusis that occurs 2-3 times a week and results in the patient having to go home. However, this is ruled out due to lack of autonomic symptoms such as ptosis, miosis, lacrimation, conjunctival injection, sweating, and/or nasal congestion (May, 2022). Anxiety

Another differential is headache due to anxiety supported by S.P. ‘s report of a stressful lifestyle with schooling, part time work, and recent breakup with a boyfriend who cheated. (Taylor, 2020). However, this is ruled out as the patient’s GAD-2 score was 2, testing negative (Taylor, 2020).

Diagnostics

Diagnostic testing of MRI for migraine isn’t needed in this patient given her age of under 50 or having cognitive changes (Ng & Hanna, 2021). The patient would not need other laboratory tests given the negative physical examination (Cutrer, 2022).

Treatment Plan

S.P. ‘s migraine can be treated with oral sumatriptan 100 mg PO as needed for headaches and can be repeated in 2 hours, but do not exceed over 200 mg in a 24-hour period (Ng & Hanna, 2021). The patient can also take a combo therapy of acetaminophen 250 mg, aspirin 250 mg, and caffeine 65 mg orally PRN for tension-type headaches (Taylor, 2020). The patient should reduce her caffeine intake from other sources if it’s a trigger for her headaches.

S.P. should have a follow up appointment in 2 weeks to see if the medication worked. The patient in the meantime should keep a journal of headache triggers and patterns and reduce stressors in her life that could contribute to the tension-type headaches. She can also exercise four times a week, use relaxation therapies, and improve sleep (Schwedt & Garza, 2022).

References

Cutrer, M. (2020). Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of migraine in adults. UpToDate. Retrieved June 12, 2022, from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/pathophysiology-clinical-manifestations-and-diagnosis-of-migraine-in-adults?search=migraine&source=search_result&selectedTitle=2~150&usage_type=default&display_rank=2

May, A. (2022). Cluster headache: Epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis. UpToDate. Retrieved June 12, 2022, from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/cluster-headache-epidemiology-clinical-features-and-diagnosis?search=cluster%20headache&source=search_result&selectedTitle=1~47&usage_type=default&display_rank=1#H6

Ng, J. Y., & Hanna, C. (2021). Headache and migraine clinical practice guidelines: A systematic review and assessment of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Recommendations. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies21(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-021-03401-3

Schwedt, T. & Garza, I. (2020). Acute treatment of migraine in adults. UpToDate. Retrieved June 12, 2022, from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/acute-treatment-of-migraine-in-adults?search=migraine%20treatment&source=search_result&selectedTitle=1~150&usage_type=default&display_rank=1#H7

Taylor, F. (2020). Tension-type headache in adults: Acute treatment. UpToDate. Retrieved June 12, 2022, from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/tension-type-headache-in-adults-acute-treatment?search=tension%20headache&topicRef=3357&source=see_link#H8

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