La metamorfosis

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Kathy López Soto A01185868
Case # 1
1. Breathless
2. Wheezing
3. Anxiety
4. Pain in neck and chest
5. Legs often swelled
6. Blood

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of thelungs in which the airways (bronchi) are reversibly narrowed. The asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some factors of this disease are:allergens, infections, environmental pollutants. Between 50 and 70 % of adults with asthma suffer from allergies. In children under 3 years old, the most common is by viral infections. After 20 yearsold, the exposure to toxic substances and allergens are the most common.
In the case we are going to analyze, it’s about an adult woman that was an asthmatic mother. As every person with asthma, she hassome attacks. But in the last days she has some attacks but with another symptoms. I think that these attacks become more violent because of the change of climate and the lack of sleeping. Thisperson kept sitting down for 19 hours in a trip. When she arrives she went with her relatives so she had an asthma attack. At night she had another one but with more symptoms: besides the heart beatingfast and wheezing, she had pain in her chest and neck, and it is moving to her left arm.

The first symptom was a little breathless, so we have to analyze the respiratory system. One part of this systemis the trachea. The trachea or windpipe connects the larynx to the bronchi. This organ differs from others in the neck in that it is flexible, stretching to be between four and five inches long, andabout one inch in diameter. The trachea is lined with mucous called the mucociliary escalator, which represents the mucous and cilia and carry the foreign substances up to be swallowed.
The trachea ismade up of between 16 and 20 cartilage rings in the shape of a "C". Because the trachea is so flexible and twistable, without these cartilage rings, it would collapse under the partial vacuum formed...
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