Med -STudents Help me again with Human Physiology Questions!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by AntGod22, Mar 4, 2002.

  1. AntGod22

    AntGod22 Senior Member

    Feb 9, 2001
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    Hey guys its me again the guy who asked about the girl swimmer with the lactic acid buildup in ehr chest well now i have another question , actually 2 of them that I need advice on here it goes

    1. Carrie, a vegetarian, tells her physician about a yellow discoloration of the palms of her hands and the soles of her feet. Further inspection reveals that her forehead and the area around her nose are also yellow in color. The physician determines that she has not been exposed to hepatitis and she has normal liver function tests. What might be her problem??

    2. Sam likes to work on his motorcycle on the weeked, and he spends a great deal of time cleaning engine parts with organic solvents. He doesnt wear gloves while working, and he notices that after he is finished that his hands feel painfully dry for several hours. What is the probable cause??

    Ok I have my own ideas on this, for all you med school students this is a NYIT undergraduate human phys class the answers are usually pretty simple, but I just want to make sure that my own answer is correct. thanks for the help i appreciate it.
    By the way its due wednesday the 6
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  3. mcwmark

    mcwmark Senior Member

    Jun 20, 2001
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    1. Carotenemia, or excessive intake of yellow/green vegetables (usually carrots) will add yellow to the skin.

    It is easy to differentiate from jaundice, because the "whites" of the eyes and oral cavity do not become yellow, or icteric, like they would if she were jaundiced.

    2. Solvents will break down oils in the skin, leading to dry, cracked skin at places of exposure. He should wear gloves.
  4. Gauss

    Gauss Damnit Jim!

    Mar 3, 2002
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    1. too much beta carotene
    2. organic solvents breaking down skin oils

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