MN5551 Purdue University Effects of Teratogenic Case Study Discussion

Question Description

MN551-1: Integrate knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan with the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse.

Case Study: Cell Biology and Genetics

Below are several case studies. Your instructor will either assign you a case study or have you select one. If all of the case studies have not been covered, your instructor may assign a case study that no one has covered. Be sure to integrate your knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan with the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse.

Case Study Posting Requirements

  1. Make sure all of the topics in the case study have been addressed.
  2. Cite at least three sources; journal articles, textbooks, or evidenced-based websites to support the content.
  3. All sources must be within five years.
  4. Do not use .com, Wikipedia, or up-to-date, etc., for your sources.

Case Study 4

Felicity is a very busy 29-year-old woman in a professional career. She has diabetes mellitus, and is also pregnant for the first time. Due to her busy schedule, it took her three weeks to visit the family doctor to have the pregnancy confirmed. Felicity became very concerned when her physician asked whether she had been taking folic acid. It was all Felicity could do to remember to manage her insulin levels, and taking folic acid supplements was something she hadn’t even considered. Her doctor told her to take 600 μg of folic acid daily and advised Felicity to return later for maternal serum marker testing.

  1. Explain the potential teratogenic effect of folic acid deficiency on the developing fetus. What other risk factor is noteworthy in Felicity’s case?
  2. What is the benefit of maternal serum marker testing? What other test would be particularly useful to monitor the development of Felicity’s baby in this situation?
  • When is the fetus most vulnerable to the effects of teratogens and why?

Assignment Requirements:

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Final Answer


Running header: TERATOGEN


Effects of Teratogenic
Student’s Name
Institutional Affiliations


Effects of Teratogenic
Physiological development can be affected by the initiation of teratogenic drugs. The
teratogenic effects can result in a halt in fetal development. The capability of teratogenic to
produce congenital malformation is a threat to physiological development. Teratogens may
present themselves in various forms ranging from maternal infections, and chemicals,
radiation to drugs. In this case, drugs are the primary considerations that are taken under
scrutiny. It is significant to understand the effects that accrue out of teratogenic as stipulated
in the paper.
Effects of Folic Acid Deficiency on Foetus

Folic acid intake for pregnant mothers is inherently critical. In the disposition that one
becomes pregnant, it is beneficial that they get enough of folic acid. The absence of folic acid
may cause gross effects to the fetus. It is always related to the conditions of NTDs. The
prevention of neural tube defects is paramount for healthy fetus development. NTDs is
associated with deficiencies such as spina bifida, and anencephaly which causes the
malfunctioning of the spinal cord and the brain respectively. If Felicity does not acquire
enough folic acid, she is potentially exposing the fetus to spinal cord and brain defects that
may result in the death of her baby (Teratogenic effects of alcohol, 2018). The chances of
survival are minimal when a fetus is affected as this is a critical defect that when not
observed much damage are the resultant end. Folic can be taken before the pregna...

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