Medical Surgical Hepatitis #2

Question

A client has recently contracted hepatitis C. Which symptoms are most associated with this client’s condition? Select all that apply.

Answers

  1. Muscle aches
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because hepatitis C is a virus that has flu-like symptoms including muscle aches, fever, and headaches. These are most associated with the “recently contracted hepatitis C”. Symptoms such as ascites and jaundice indicate more severe liver failure that is seen in the later stages of hepatitis.

  2. Ascites
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because symptoms such as ascites and jaundice indicate more severe liver failure that is seen in the later stages of hepatitis. “Recently contracted hepatitis C” symptoms are flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches, fever, and headaches.

  3. Fever
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because hepatitis C is a virus that has flu-like symptoms including muscle aches, fever, and headaches. These are most associated with the “recently contracted hepatitis C”. Symptoms such as ascites and jaundice indicate more severe liver failure that is seen in the later stages of hepatitis.

  4. Jaundice
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because symptoms such as ascites and jaundice indicate more severe liver failure that is seen in the later stages of hepatitis. “Recently contracted hepatitis C” symptoms are flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches, fever, and headaches.

  5. Headache
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because hepatitis C is a virus that has flu-like symptoms including muscle aches, fever, and headaches. These are most associated with the “recently contracted hepatitis C”. Symptoms such as ascites and jaundice indicate more severe liver failure that is seen in the later stages of hepatitis.

Overview

Hepatitis C is a virus that has flu-like symptoms including muscle aches, fever, and headaches.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver causing inflammation. Since it is a virus , it has flu-like symptoms including muscle aches, fever, and headaches. Later in the disease process, symptoms are similar to liver failure because the inflammation can cause similar damage as cirrhosis of the liver. Later stage symptoms of hepatitis C include ascites, jaundice, esophageal varices, and bleeding tendencies. Abnormal laboratory results, including decreased albumin, decreased clotting factors, increased ALT/AST, and cholesterol associated labs occurred as a result of liver failure.

Test Taking Tip

It is important to know that hepatitis is a virus and will produce symptoms that are flu-like symptoms in the early stages. Later, as the inflammation from the virus worses, the liver is affected more and more liver damage symptoms are observed in the client, such as ascites and jaundice.

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