Respiratory Question #21


The infection control nurse is providing education on early warning system for tuberculosis. Which of the following characteristics may warrant further testing to determine if a client has tuberculosis?


  1. Coughing up blood and night sweats.
  2. Hacking unproductive cough and diarrhea.
  3. Chest pain on breathing and blue nail beds.
  4. Recent exposure to influenza.


Coughing up bloody mucous or mucoid material and night sweats are early signs of tuberculosis. Other signs are constant fatigue, weight loss, and fever. None of the other selections are manifestations of tuberculosis. If pain on breathing and airway compromise with blue nail beds occurs, it would not be an early finding, but late issue with oxygenation.