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Physician Assistant Exam: Celiac Disease and Malabsorption

A malabsorption syndrome is an inability to absorb key nutrients in the small intestine. The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will expect you to have a firm grasp on nutritional deficiencies and celiac [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: How to Diagnose Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

One of the most common conditions the Physician Assistant Exam will question you about occurs in the older population and is termed diverticulosis, which is simply an outpouching or formation of pockets [more…]

How to Diagnose and Treat Colon Cancer for the Physician Assistant Exam

Colon cancer is a topic you’ll surely be asked about on the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), because colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in males and the second in females, especially [more…]

What You Should Know about the Pancreas for the Physician Assistant Exam

The pancreas is an important organ that has many functions in the body, both endocrine and exocrine and will be covered on the Physician Assistant Exam [more…]

Types of Hepatitis for the Physician Assistant Exam

On the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), you’ll likely be asked to discern not only the pattern of liver injury based on the labs and clinical exam but also the cause and prognosis of that cause. Many [more…]

Cirrhosis Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

Any hepatic process, especially hepatitis or long-standing alcoholism over time, causes cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis is not reversible. For the Physician Assistant Exam [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Rectal Conditions

The rectum and anus can be sources of Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) questions. Many of these conditions affecting the rectum and anus are also painful, so when someone says something is “a pain in the [more…]

A Review of Rheumatoid Arthritis for the Physician Assistant Exam

The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will expect you to know the different forms of Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an autoimmune, symmetric polyarticular arthritis that can be severely debilitating — [more…]

Pericardium Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

The pericardium, the outer covering of the heart, can get inflamed and irritated from a variety of conditions. For the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) purposes, be familiar with pericarditis, pericardial [more…]

How to Evaluate Endocarditis for the Physician Assistant Exam

Endocarditis is an inflammation of the heart valve, and for the purposes of the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), you should know some specifics about the different flavors: infective endocarditis and [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: The Vascular System

Cardiovascular doesn’t refer to just the heart; it also refers to the blood vessels. Guess what! For the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), you have to worry about the arteries and veins as well as the [more…]

What You Should Know about the Venous System for the Physician Assistant Exam

The veins are a little easier to deal with than the arteries. For the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), be familiar with four venous system conditions: superficial venous thrombophlebitis, varicose veins [more…]

Asthma Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory process of the airway and is covered on the Physician Assistant Exam. An asthma attack can be stimulated by a hyperresponsiveness to environmental exposures or other triggers [more…]

Diagnosis and Treatment of COPD for the Physician Assistant Exam

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious condition and the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will expect that you know the basics. COPD is an inflammatory disease of the lungs caused by [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a chronic condition characterized by dilation of the alveolar air sacs and covered on the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). The airways can become huge and dilated, and affected patients [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an abnormality of exocrine gland function. It’s important for the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) that you understand that this is a disorder of the cystic fibrosis transregulator gene [more…]

Gout and Pseudogout on the Physician Assistant Exam

The Physician Assistant Exam will have plenty of questions about pain, including monoarticular arthritis. Talk about pain, and nine times out of ten someone will tell you that three of the most painful [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: The Polys and Proximal Muscles

With rheumatologic conditions, Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) questions focus on discerning one proximal muscle condition from another. Two conditions that sound somewhat similar are polymyositis and [more…]

What You Should Know about Bone Disorders for the Physician Assistant Exam

In your practice and for the Physician Assistant Exam you’ll likely deal with the bones a lot. You should know about three big bone disorders, namely osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and osteomyelitis. [more…]

Conditions of the Spine Covered on the Physician Assistant Exam

Back pain is one of the most common, frequent, and ordinary reasons people visit healthcare providers, so the Physician Assistant Exam will expect you to know your stuff. Many cases of back pain are self-limiting [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Shoulder Fractures

Pretty much everyone knows what it’s like to hurt the shoulder or upper arm, so it’s important to know for the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). Doing much of anything can be difficult, especially if the [more…]

Elbow, Wrist and Forearm Injury Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

For the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), it’s important to remember the names and components of specific injuries and orthopedic conditions related to the elbow, forearm, and wrist. This is especially [more…]

Hand and Wrist Injury Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will ask questions about conditions affecting the hand and wrist. They range from benign cysts to minor sprains to out-and-out fractures, so make yourself familiar [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Hip Conditions

Several hip-related conditions make regular appearances on the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). You should be able to answer questions and know the basics regarding avascular necrosis, hip fractures, [more…]

Knee Injury Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

Clinically, many health professionals see problems with knees in the older population. The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will cover this common ailment. One of the most common causes is osteoarthritis [more…]

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