Discussion: Alterations In Cellular Processes

Discussion: Alterations In Cellular Processes. An 83-year-old resident of a skilled nursing facility presents to the emergency department with generalized edema of extremities and abdomen.

Discussion: Alterations In Cellular Processes

An 83-year-old resident of a skilled nursing facility presents to the emergency department with generalized edema of extremities and abdomen. History obtained from staff reveals the patient has history of malabsorption syndrome and difficulty eating due to lack of dentures. The patient has been diagnosed with protein malnutrition.

For this Discussion, you will examine the above case study and explain the disease that is suggested. You examine the symptoms reported and explain the cells that are involved and potential alterations and impacts.

To prepare:

By Day 3 of Week 1

Post an explanation of the disease highlighted in the scenario you were provided. Include the following in your explanation:


The role genetics plays in the disease.

Firstly, Why the patient is presenting with the specific symptoms described.

Secondly, The physiologic response to the stimulus presented in the scenario and why you think this response occurred.

Thirdly, The cells that are involved in this process.

Lastly, How another characteristic (e.g., gender, genetics) would change your response.


McCance, K. L. & Huether, S. E. (2019). Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.



Chapter 1: Cellular Biology; Summary Review



Chapter 2: Altered Cellular and Tissue Biology: Environmental Agents (pp. 46-61; begin again with Manifestations of Cellular Injury pp. 83-97); Summary Review



Chapter 3: The Cellular Environment: Fluids and Electrolytes, Acids, and Bases



Chapter 4: Genes and Genetic Diseases (stop at Elements of formal genetics); Summary Review



Chapter 5: Genes, Environment-Lifestyle, and Common Diseases (stop at Genetics of common diseases); Summary Review



Chapter 7: Innate Immunity: Inflammation and Wound Healing



Chapter 8: Adaptive Immunity (stop at Generation of clonal diversity); Summary Review



Chapter 9: Alterations in Immunity and Inflammation (stop at Deficiencies in immunity); Summary Review



Chapter 10: Infection (pp. 289–303; stop at Infectious parasites and protozoans); (start at HIV); Summary Review



Chapter 11: Stress and Disease (stop at Stress, illness & coping); Summary Review



Chapter 12: Cancer Biology (stop at Resistance to destruction); Summary Review



Chapter 13: Cancer Epidemiology (stop at Environmental-Lifestyle factors); Summary Review



Justiz-Vaillant, A. A., & Zito, P. M. (2019). Immediate hypersensitivity reactions. In StatPearls. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513315/

Credit Line: Immediate Hypersensitivity Reactions – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf. (2019, June 18). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513315/. Used with permission of Stat Pearls


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