NR 283 Week 6 Discussion; Mrs. A has been taking high doses of glucocorticoids
Mrs. A has been taking high doses of glucocorticoids for much of the past 2 years to control severe rheumatoid arthritis. She has now developed hypertension and type 2 diabetes and would like to stop taking the cortisone because of the unwanted changes in her appearance. 1. How does Cushing’s syndrome affect theindividual? 2. Discuss how hypertension and diabetes have developed and thepotential complications of theseconditions. 3. DiscussotherpotentialproblemsthatMrs.Amayexperienceresultingfromlong- term use ofglucocorticoids. Mrs. L is a 63-year-old woman who reports constant back pain. Further inquiry into her medical history revealed that over the past 3 years, she has suffered fractures of her femur and wrist after minor falls. She experienced menopause at age 49. Mrs. L has a secretarial job, drives to work, and she “does not have time for exercise.” She reports that she consumes 8 to 10 cups of coffee a day and has been a smoker most of her adult life. She has not seen her physician recently nor had a recommended bone density test because of the time and cost involved. 1. Relate Mrs. L’s history to the diagnosis of osteoporosis. What risk factorsare present, and how does each predispose to decreased bonedensity? 2. Explain the cause of pathological fractures in thispatient. 3. How could osteoporosis have been prevented in Mrs.L? 4. Discuss the treatments available to thepatient.