Differential Diagnosis for Skin Conditions

Walden NURS6512Differential Diagnosis for Skin Conditions

1: Differential Diagnosis for Skin Conditions
Properly identifying the cause and
type of a patient’s skin condition involves a process of elimination known as
differential diagnosis. Using this process, a health professional can take a
given set of physical abnormalities, vital signs, health assessment findings,
and patient descriptions of symptoms, and incrementally narrow them down until
one diagnosis is determined as the most likely cause.
In this Assignment, you will
examine several visual representations of various skin conditions, describe
your observations, and use the techniques of differential diagnosis to
determine the most likely condition.
To prepare:
Review the Skin Conditions
document provided in this week’s Learning Resources, and select one condition
to closely examine for this Assignment.
Consider the abnormal physical
characteristics you observe in the graphic you selected. How would you describe
the characteristics using clinical terminologies?
Explore different conditions that
could be the cause of the skin abnormalities in the graphics you selected.
Consider which of the conditions
is most likely to be the correct diagnosis, and why.
Download the SOAP Template found
in this week’s Learning Resources.
To complete:
Choose one skin condition graphic
(identify by number in your Chief Complaint) to document your assignment in the
SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan) note format, rather than the
traditional narrative style. Refer to
Chapter 2 of the Sullivan text and the Comprehensive SOAP Template in this
week’s Learning Resources for guidance. Remember that not all comprehensive
SOAP data are included in every patient case.
Use clinical terminologies to
explain the physical characteristics featured in the graphic. Formulate a
differential diagnosis of three to five possible conditions for the skin
graphic that you chose. Determine which is most likely to be the correct
diagnosis and explain your reasoning using at least 3 different references from
current evidence based literature.

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