Endocrine Question #39


A nurse in the emergency department receives a client who is irritable with yelling at staff and the wife and accuses the wife of cheating. The client admits to using anabolic steroids. The nurse suspects anabolic steroid abuse and should monitor for which complications?

Select all that apply.


  1. Aggression
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  2. High blood pressure
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  3. Sleepiness
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  4. Mood swings
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  5. Acne
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Anabolic steroid abuse is usually seen in bodybuilders and weightlifting clients. Complications of anabolic steroid abuse include aggression, hypertension, sleeplessness (not sleepiness), mood swings, acne, blood clots, and strokes.

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