Urinary & Excretory Disorders

Problems/Case Studies

"The Case of the Crying Baby: Surgical vs. Medical Management", Kari Mergenhagen, University at Buffalo. State University of New York at Buffalo’s National Center for Case Study Teaching.
The parents of a six-week-old baby girl know there is something seriously wrong with their child, but it takes a number of frustrating visits to the pediatrician before they finally get a correct diagnosis. Once they do, the parents must decide whether they want to seek a surgical solution or rely on a course of medical treatment for their daughter.
Best suited for classes in pharmacology, nursing, or medicine, this case could also be used in a basic biology or anatomy course.

CNN Videos

Topic: "Screening for Colon Cancer": Biology 5th Ed. CNN Ed 2001 (1:54)

Baseball player, Darryl Strawberry, is shown speaking after his surgery for colon cancer.  Researchers have discovered that a certain genetic defect occurs at an elevated frequency in people who develop this cancer.  Because the defect occurs in both the cancer and in normal tissue, it may allow doctors to identify those who are at increased risk for the cancer.  The current screening procedure is shown.  It uses a flexible scope that reaches only the lower third of the colon and, because it is invasive, many people avoid it. (Student worksheet provided on CD)