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Pathophysiology for Nurses

This is a collection of pathophysiology resources:   Scroll down and check out the resources listed by systems!

The Cell and Genes

Cellular Transport Animations:

Your genes, your health:

Want to Understand Human Gene Mapping? (this is a different way of looking at gene mapping that makes it easy to understand!)  at

Video:  Genes and Genetic Disorders 

View Video:  Genes and Genetic Disorders

Immunity and Infection

Immunity animation:

How the HIV infection cycle works animation:

West Nile Virus:

View The Inflammatory Response Animation at


View the Immune Response Animation at


Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases at CDC:

Legal Authorities for Isolation and Quarantine at CDC:

Cardiovascular Alterations

Coronary Artery Disease Animation:

Atherosclerosis Animation:

Pathology of Cardiac Disease:

Cardiovascular Disease Learning Activity:

Heart Failure:

View Video:  Cardiovascular Alterations:


View Video:  Cardiovascular Alterations, Part 2:


Heart Disease and the Impact of Policies and Environment (scroll all the way down on the page to read the Impact of Policies and Environment

Respiratory Alterations


Respiration Video:


Respiratory matching game:


Respiratory crossword puzzle:


Respiratory disorders:


Needle Thoracotomy Video:



Tuberculosis Laws and Policies at CDC:


View Video:  Adventitious Breath Sounds:

Listen to Adventitious Breath Sounds at

Gastrointestinal Alterations

GERD Video:


Stomach Ulcer Video:

Digestive Disorders:

Gastrointestinal Tic Tac Toe:

Tests for the GI system:

GERD Video:


Watch Acute Cholecystitis Video at


Watch Pancreatitis Pathophysiology Video at


View Video:  Alterations in Digestive Function


View Video:  Alterations in Digestive Function, Part 2

Gynecology/Obstetrics Pathology

Clinical Case: Mrs. Johnson's Vaginal Bleeding at

View Video: Alterations in Reproductive System

Female pathologies of reproduction:


Reproduction system animation:


STD Slideshow:

Endocrine Alterations

Endocrine Disorders Learning Activity:

The Action of Hormones Learning Activity:

Endocrine System Game:

Complete Glands of the Endocrine System:

View Video:  Alterations in Endocrine/Hormonal Function


View Video:  Alterations in Endocrine/Hormonal Function Part 2


Cretinism Screening:

Newborn Screening for Cretisism:


Most insurance companies did not cover the expense of diabetes care until legislation was put in place in the 1990s.  See Providing Diabetes Health Coverage: State Laws and Programs and click on the state links that interest you:

Endocrine System Interactive Review:


View Video:  Hemoglobin A1C and Diabetes


View Video:  Blood Glucose and Mortality



View Video:  Altered Uro and Renal Function:


View Video:  Altered Uro and Renal Function, Part 2:


Complete Urinary System Diseases Activity at

View Overactive Bladder Animation at


View Urinary Tract Infection Animation at

View Kidney Stone Animation at

Neurological Alterations

Brainstem herniation animation:


Brain injury animation:


Acetylcholine Pathways:  Normal Brain versus Alzheimers:

Consequences of Moving a Spinal Injury Patient:

Coup/Contracoup Injuries:


Cranial Nerves:


The 12 Cranial Nerves:

Oculocephalic reflex:


Pathophysiology of Stroke:

View Video:  Alterations of Neurological Function


View Video:  Alterations of Neurological Function, Part 2

Musculoskeletal Pathologies

Complete Common Musculoskeletal Fractures Activity:


Complete Musculoskeletal Disorders Activity:


View the Musculoskeletal Disorders Video:


View Video:  Alterations in Musculoskeletal Function


View Video:  Alterations in Musculoskeletal Function



Explore skin cancer at


Read California Tanning Law at

Teaching Teens about Skin Health and Tanning Beds at


Skin cancer and skin cancer prevention at CDC

Explore a plethora of information about skin cancer at


 Retinal Anatomy and Pathophysiology at

View Pain Animations at


Hearing Loss Flintstones Simulation at


View Video:  Macular Degeneration at


View Disorders of the Eyes and Ears Video at

Other Patho Resources

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