For your final essay, you will write a 4-8 page paper examining the pathophysiology of a complex, multi-system disease process.
A complex, multi-system disease process is defined as a condition or disorder that either affects the whole body or involves multiple organs. Your textbook uses diabetes as an example of a complex, multi-system disease process; while fundamentally a disease of dysfunctional glucose regulation, it affects nearly every system in the body and leads to altered elimination, altered perfusion, and so on.
You may select any complex, multi-system disease process that interests you except diabetes–the text has covered this disease in great detail. Some examples of the disease processes which may be explored include chronic kidney disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren’s syndrome, or vasculitis. There are, of course, many other diseases that would be appropriate to explore as nearly every disease process in the human body affects more than one physiologic system. If you have concerns about the appropriateness of your selected disease process, please contact the instructor early in the process of your project to review.
The essay should include four major sections.
1. First, you should describe the altered physiology that leads to the disease state you have chosen. This may include more than one specific alteration.
4. Finally, you should describe the treatment modalities used to restore normal function and give a simple explanation as to how the normal function is restored.
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