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What should a nurse be alert about when evaluating a client for hypothyroidism?

What should a nurse be alert about when evaluating a client for hypothyroidism?

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A. Exophthalmos and conjunctival redness.
B. Flushed, warm, moist skin.
C. Systolic murmur at the left sternal border.
D. Decreased body temperature and cold intolerance.
Asked by Filbert, Last updated: Mar 11, 2019

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B. Rickets

B. Rickets

Answered on Jan 23, 2019

The correct answer to this question is D. The nurse should be concerned about decreased body temperature and cold intolerance when evaluating a client for hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism normally causes a decrease in the metabolic rate of the client. This is what causes a reduced body temperature and cold intolerance.

Hypothyroidism is very common, and very treatable condition. Some clients can experience some or all of several symptoms including a slowed heart rate, anorexia from lack of an apetite, slowed breathing, and can often have increased amounts of redness in their skin.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 09, 2016

Decreased body temperature and cold intolerance.-rationale: hypothyroidism markedly decreases the metabolic rate, causing a reduced body temperature and cold intolerance. other signs and symptoms include dyspnea, hypoventilation, bradycardia, hypotension, anorexia, constipation, decreased intellectual function, and depression. exophthalmos; conjunctival redness; flushed, warm, moist skin; and a systolic murmur at the left sternal border are typical findings in a client with hyperthyroidism.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: physiological adaptationcognitive level: knowledgereference: smeltzer, s.c., et al. brunner and suddarths textbook of medical surgical-nursing, 11th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1455.
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John Adney

John Adney

Replied on Jun 07, 2017

Decreased body temp. and cold intolerance

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