For Week 1 of the course there is no case study given to you by the Faculty. Instead you will be assigned two diseases to compare and contrast based on the first letter of your last name. This information will be posted in the Course Announcements under Week 1 Welcome as well as the “Assignment” portion of the Week 1 module and will change every session. 

A comparison and contrast assignment’s focus is to identify and explore similarities and differences between two similar diseases. The goal of this exploration is to bring about a better understanding of both diseases. 

Week 1 Part 1: Due Wednesday by 11:59PM MT MN 

You will research the two areas of content assigned to you and compare and contrast them in a discussion post. NOTE: A comparison and contrast assignment is not about listing the info regarding each disease separately but rather looking at each disease side by side and discussing the similarities and differences given the categories below. Consider how each patient would actually present to the office. Paint a picture of how that patient would look, act, what story they would tell.  Consider how their history would affect their diagnosis, etc. Evaluation of mastery is focused on the student’s ability to demonstrate specific understanding of how the diagnoses differ and relate to one another. Address the following topics below in your own words:

  • Presentation 
  • Pathophysiology 
  • Assessment 
  • Diagnosis 
  • Treatment

Compare and contrast the following diagnoses as assigned:

Student Last Name -Topic

(Find the corresponding first letter of your last name to find your topic assignment for this discussion)

A-E Benign Positional Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease

F-J – Dementia and Delirium

K-O- Trigeminal Neuralgia and Giant Cell Arteritis

P-T = Post Concussive Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury

U-Z = Migraine Headache and Tension Headache


Benign positional vertigo (BPV) and Meniere’s disease (MD) are both associated with dizziness and can present similarly. The pathology of the diseases differs as debris displacement causes BPV, and MD is caused by excess fluid in the ear. The assessment for these diseases includes ruling out the other conditions that can cause vertigo. A provider needs a thorough history, physical exam, and any testing that needs to be done and labs to rule out other diseases. There are treatments available for BPV, and lifestyle changes and medications are available to help with the symptoms of MD….Kindly click the purchase icon to purchase the full solution at $5

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