At the medical clinic, the GP listens to all of Cheryl’s signs and symptoms. She prescribes a benzodiazepine (Xanax) and a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (Zoloft). She also prescribes an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor after carrying out physical, neurological, and cognitive tests. Cheryl is also given information on counselling and is referred to a counsellor to talk through her problems and help her with coping strategies.
Question 1. Identify one disease/condition Cheryl has and justify your answer.
Question 2. Using the disease/condition you have identified in Question 1/1, explain the link between the clinical manifestations of the disease and its pathophysiology.
Question 3. Discuss the benefits of administration of an SSRI in Cheryl’s condition. To get full marks, you must explain the pharmacodynamics and pharmacological effects of SSRIs and relate them to Cheryl’s clinical picture.
Question 4. Describe the effect of chronic alcohol consumption on liver function and explain its consequence on the distribution of water between the interstitial and intravascular compartments.
Question 5. Name the musculoskeletal disorder Rose suffers from, justify your answer, and identify a risk factor in her history that is specific to the disease you specified.
Question 6. Compare and contrast the aetiology of Rose’s joint disease with the other joint disease we covered in BIOL122. In your answer, name both diseases and describe two similarities and three differences