What Is the Cause of This Swelling and Why Am I Short of Breath When I Exercise?
Length: 1 Hour or Less
Discipline: Biological Sciences
Level: Intermediate (majors and non-majors)
Author: Tallitsch, Robert
“Joan is a corporate lawyer for a Fortune-500 company. She has been physically active her entire life.
Lately Joan has become increasingly short of breath upon exertion, to the point where she has had to drastically cut back on her exercise. In addition, she has noted some swelling in her lower extremities and her right upper extremity. She has decided to see her family physician several months before her regularly scheduled annual physical.
This two-step problem asks students to develop a diagnosis for the patient, as well as answer several anatomically-related questions.”