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Jessica, a student of physiology, is constantly drinking from a water bottle yet claims to be constantly thirsty. During her physiology laboratory exercise involving urinalysis, she discovers that she has a significant amount of glucose in her urine. Alarmed, because urine normally should contain little or no glucose, she seeks medical attention.As a result of a later medical examination, she learns that she has hyperglycemia, hyperkalemia, and a high plasma osmo-lality.When she shows the doctor her EKG that she recorded in the physiology lab, he remarks that it has some abnormalities.
How might Jessica's symptoms and medical findings be related?
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.