Mary Keeper’s Aching Head
University of Central Arkansas
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.
- 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.
KeywordsEndocrinology; endocrine pathology; thyroid gland; hyperthyroidism; hyperparathyroidism; Graves disease; Graves’ disease; thyroid hormones; LH; FSH; TSH; parathyroid hormones; pituitary adenoma; hormone secretion; pituitary gland
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsProblem-Based Learning
Subject HeadingsPhysiology | Medicine (General) | Nursing |
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