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Alterations in Cellular Processes

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At its core, pathology is the study of disease. Diseases occur for many reasons. But some, such as cystic
fibrosis and Parkinson’s Disease, occur because of alterations that prevent cells from functioning normally.
Understanding of signals and symptoms of alterations in cellular processes is a critical step in diagnosis and
treatment of many diseases. For the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), this understanding can also
help educate patients and guide them through their treatment plans.
For this Discussion, you examine a 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 1 of this week, you will be assigned to a specific scenario for this Discussion. Please see the “Course
Announcements” section of the classroom for your assignment from your Instructor.
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.
• Why the patient is presenting with the specific symptoms described.
• The physiologic response to the stimulus presented in the scenario and why you think this response
occurred.
• The cells that are involved in this process.
• How another characteristic (e.g., gender, genetics) would change your response.