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Cretio James Cretio James
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The nurse is conducting a physical assessment of a patient diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Which finding would the nurse evaluate as indicating the most serious complication of this disease?
1. Decreased bowel sounds
2. Loose, blood-tinged stools
3. Abdominal distention
4. Pain on palpation
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The answer is 2
Rationales:
1. It would be more common to assess hyperactive bowel sounds if a serious complication were developing.
2. A slight amount of blood in the stool indicates that some level of bleeding is occurring and may be a precursor to a major intestinal bleed.
3. Abdominal distention can be caused by a variety of factors, including diet changes. Distention could also be caused by the presence of blood in the intestine, but further assessment would be necessary.
4. Inflammatory bowel disease may result in pain on palpation.
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