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.
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.