A Case of Pharyngitis
Department of Biology
Spring Hill College
Seven-year-old “Jason Hornbuckle” has been complaining for the past 12 hours of pain when he swallows. He also has a headache and has vomited twice. His mother decides to take him to the pediatrician. Students read a brief clinical history of the patient and a description of the relevant signs and symptoms, then answer a set of directed questions designed to probe the underlying anatomy, physiology, and pathology underlying Jason's condition. The case has been used in a sophomore-level course in human anatomy and physiology for pre-med and nursing students.
- The mechanism by which the changes seen at a site of inflammation relate to alterations in small blood vessels.
- The role played by neutrophils in the resolution of a bacterial infection.
- The structure and function of lymph nodes and tonsils.
- The beneficial effects of fever.
- The mechanism by which the number of white blood cells in the circulation can be increased during an infection.
KeywordsHemolymphatic system; lymphadenopathy; pharyngitis; inflammation; neutrophils; neutrophilic leukocytosis; phagocytosis; pyrogens; leucopoiesis
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsDirected
Subject HeadingsPhysiology | Medicine (General) | Nursing |