Sample Nursing Case Study on Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Instructions for Case Studies are as follows:

  1. Select a sectional pathology case study (CT, MRI, PET, or Interventional Procedure) in the anatomical region being covered which demonstrates the given pathology.
    • If an interventional procedure is selected, associated anatomical images are required for cross-sectional reference of anatomical location.
  2. Select the patient image(s) where the pathology is best visualized.
    • Once all identifying information has been removed from the image(s).
      • The location of the pathology should be identified on the image using an arrow or tracing around the pathology.
      • Within each image, present (label) 5 supporting pieces of anatomy.
      • All of these functions can be done using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or various photo editing programs.
  1. Your Student Case Study Report should be written in the following format:
    • Heading:
      • Include your name, the date, the course & the instructor’s name(s).
      • Included in the heading should also be the source of the case.
      • For example, if the case was found within the clinical setting, simply state: “The information for this case was obtained from my current clinical site.”  DO NOT SPECIFY THE SITE as this is de-identifying information.  If the information for the case was obtained online, simply state:  The information for this case study was obtained from the following website…. & then post the SPECIFIC site in which the case was obtained from.
        • Failure to include this information in your heading will result in an automatic deduction of 5 points from your grade.
      • (L) – Location of the Pathology:
        • This section should include the specific location of the noted pathology within the case provided.
        • The location of the pathology should be explained within this section of the case study.
        • As noted above, all images included in the case study should also be annotated to note the specific pathology within the image(s).
      • (CAT) – Changes in Adjacent Tissues:
        • This section should include specific information of how the noted pathology is affecting the adjacent tissue on the image(s) that you have provided.
      • (CSB) – Consistency, Shape, and Border(of the pathology):
        • This section should include specific information about the:
          • Consistency (heterogeneous/homogeneous)
          • Shape (round, etc.)
          • Border (smooth, irregular)
        • (DC) – Distinguishing Characteristics(of the pathology):
          • Explain/Compare the pathology seen in the case to other disease states.
            • (For example, looking at a tumor; what characteristics distinguish it as a benign tumor vs. a malignant tumor?)
          • Use additional references
        • (EE) – Epidemiology & Etiology:
          • Students should research & present current data on the epidemiology & etiology of the noted pathology.
          • Use additional references
            • Peer-reviewed & professional references should be used.
            • Patient information websites (i.e. Web MD or Mayoclinic.com) will NOT be accepted as suitable references.
            • (TFP) – Treatment/Follow up/Prognosis
              • This section should include specific information in regard to what type of treatment the patient would receive based on the noted pathology along with expected prognosis.
              • Use additional references
                • Peer-reviewed & professional references should be used.
                • Patient information websites (i.e. Web MD or Mayoclinic.com) will NOT be accepted as suitable references.