Best NCLEX-RN Class: The Client with Lower Gastrointestinal Tract Health Problems!
The NCLEX title cover:
- The Client with Cancer of the Colon
- The Client with Hemorrhoids
- The Client with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- The Client with an Intestinal Obstruction
- The Client with an Ileostomy
- The Client Receiving Total Parenteral Nutrition
- The Client with Diverticular Disease
- The Client with Appendicitis
- The Client with an Inguinal Hernia
- Managing Care Quality and Safety
- Answers, Rationales, and Test Taking Strategies
It is important to understand how the GI tract works normally and to identify differences in men and women which may be associated with possible worsening of GI problems. These differences may present with unique symptoms in women for shared diseases or even unique diagnoses for women.
A woman’s unique experience of symptoms starts with the tongue and goes through the entire digestive tract. More women can be classified as “super tasters” – they are able to taste both bitter and sweet foods more strongly than men. They don’t need as much of the food to determine if the food is bitter or sweet. This increased sensitivity of the gut to different types of stimulation is seen throughout a woman’s GI tract. Normal women have been shown to be more sensitive to pressure from an inflated balloon placed in the esophagus (swallowing tube between the mouth and the stomach), small intestine, colon or large intestine, and rectum than men. Through each area of the digestive tract, we will talk about symptoms unique to women, their causes, risk factors, testing and treatment.
Women have slower gallbladder emptying than men normally and are twice as likely to develop gallstones as men. This effect is exaggerated during pregnancy due to unique female hormones, and may be one reason why many women develop gallstones after having a baby. Symptoms of gallbladder disease may include right upper abdominal pain after eating, nausea or vomiting. Gallbladder disease can often be diagnosed by your doctor based upon history and ultrasound results.