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An Analysis of Skeletal System Conditions

Please discuss the following:

1) After having a severe cold accompanied by nasal congestion, one complained of a frontal headache and the right side of his face ached. What bony structures probably became infected by the bacteria or viruses causing the cold?

2) An elderly woman, stumbled while walking, she then felt a terrible pain in her left hip. The x-rays revealed that the hip was broken. Also, the compact and spongy bone throughout her spine were very thin. What was her probable condition?

3) Bone X-rays are sometimes used to determine if a person has reached his or her final height. What are the clinicians checking out?

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(1) After having a severe cold accompanied by nasal congestion, one complained of a frontal headache and the right side of his face ached. What bony structures probably became infected by the bacteria or viruses causing the cold?

In this situation, the bony structures that become infected were the paranasal sinuses. These are not "bones", but rather paired cavities in certain cranial and facial bones near the nasal cavity. They exist in the frontal, sphenoid, ethmoid, and maxillae bones. These sinuses are lined with mucous membranes that are continuous with the lining of the nasal cavity. Inflammation of these membranes is called sinusitis. If the ...

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In about 410 words, this solution discusses each of the three medical based scenarios and provides a biological analysis on how the skeletal system is behaving in each particular case.

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