Family Health Case Study : Pathophysiology Essay
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of NURS 3010: Pathophysiology
Introduction The family member I will be focusing on in this paper will be my maternal grandfather, Andy Anderson. Mr. Anderson is 70 years old and was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease over 5 years ago. He is a 2 pack a day smoker and has been since the age of 16. In recent years, his symptoms have become worse. He has a cough that will not go away, as well as wheezing that is relatively constant. His sputum is yellow in color and sometimes can be white, although the sputum is not always present. His cough is not always productive but can be on occasion. He does not have any present edema, but has had edema in both lower extremities in the past. Some of his other health problems include thyroid cancer and secondary hypertension. Mr. Anderson does not have a history of tuberculosis, and no history of asthma. He has no known allergies, but has frequent flares of bronchitis.
Risk Factors The number one thing that contributed to Mr. Anderson’s development of COPD is that he is a heavy smoker, and has been for a very long time. Some other potential risk factors for COPD that are not present in Mr. Anderson include asthma, occupational exposure to dusts, chemicals, and fuel fumes. One other…