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Mary Keeper’s Aching Head


Author(s)

Brent J.F. Hill
Biology Department
University of Central Arkansas
bhill@uca.edu

Abstract

In this problem-based learning case, students read about a 41-year-old woman who is suffering from recurring headaches. Working in small groups, the students analyze a variety of information and then formulate a diagnosis. This case study was developed for a two-semester anatomy and physiology course that is aimed at sophomore and junior level undergraduate students. These students are typically biology or health science majors who are pre-med, pre-nursing, or pre-physical therapy.


Objectives

  • Learn the difference between a primary and secondary endocrine pathology.
  • Understand how negative feedback loops influence thyroid hormones, LH, and FSH levels.
  • Understand the physiological function of thyroid and parathyroid hormones.
  • Learn that pituitary adenomas affect hormone secretion from the pituitary gland.

Keywords

Endocrinology; endocrine pathology; thyroid gland; hyperthyroidism; hyperparathyroidism; Graves disease; Graves’ disease; thyroid hormones; LH; FSH; TSH; parathyroid hormones; pituitary adenoma; hormone secretion; pituitary gland

Topical Areas

N/A

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Problem-Based Learning

Language

English

Subject Headings

Physiology  |   Medicine (General)  |   Nursing  |  


Date Posted

05/15/06

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Comments


Richard W. Fardy
rfardy@wilmington.k12.ma.us
Science Department
Wilmington High School
Wilmington, MA 01887
03/14/2009
I stumbled on the website and case quite by fortuitous accident while looking for a good “hook” or “grabber” for the study of the endocrine system in my junior/senior anatomy and physiology classes at Wilmington High School. Years ago, I had the idea that medical case reports could play a valuable teaching role in teaching A&P to high school students and have modified several published medical case reports (making them into comprehensible abstracts) for that purpose. I think this one is great and can’t wait to try it out with my students.

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