Anatomy & Physiology Question #42


The nurse is caring for a patient with pyrexia. Which symptom should the nurse expect to assess in this patient?


  1. Precordial pain
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  2. Dyspnea
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  3. Elevated blood pressure
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  4. Increased pulse rate
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The correct answer is D. Patients with pyrexia, or a high fever, may demonstrate the symptoms of a high pulse rate, chills, aches and pains, especially in the joints, and headaches. Eye pain, general weakness, and loss of appetite may also occur. Precordial pain is sharp stabbing pain in the chest, and dyspnea is shortness of breath. Pyrexia is not known to cause an elevation in blood pressure.

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