Cirrhosis

  1. 0 Was hoping to get some help on this question

    *A client with cirrhosis is at risk for developing complications. Which condition is the most serious and potentially life-threatening?

    a.Esophageal varices (this is life-threatening due to risk for aspiration from bleeding)

    b.Ascites (no)

    c.Peripheral edema (no)

    d.Asterixis (this is also life-threatening because it is a late stage of encephalopathy)
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    From 'Plano, TX, US'; Joined Jan '12; Posts: 4.

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  4. Visit  tnbutterfly profile page
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    I would say esophageal varices. If they rupture, it can lead to massive hemorrhage, shock, and death. Death from ruptured varices could be quicker than that caused from asterixis.
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  5. Visit  vegas2000 profile page
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    Great explanation! THANKS!!
  6. Visit  JROregon profile page
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    Quote from jeharrison
    Was hoping to get some help on this question

    *A client with cirrhosis is at risk for developing complications. Which condition is the most serious and potentially life-threatening?

    a.Esophageal varices (this is life-threatening due to risk for aspiration from bleeding)

    b.Ascites (no)

    c.Peripheral edema (no)

    d.Asterixis (this is also life-threatening because it is a late stage of encephalopathy)
    Agreed, asterixis is just a late sign. The varices, if they rupture, can cause your patient to bleed to death. Flapping hands won't hurt anybody : )
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  7. Visit  heatherhammy profile page
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    Esophageal varices. Just lost my mom to that so know it way too well...
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  8. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from heatherhammy
    Esophageal varices. Just lost my mom to that so know it way too well...
    I am so sorry for your loss.... My prayers for you and your family at this difficult time. I pray for you to find peace.
  9. Visit  tnbutterfly profile page
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    My mom had esophageal varices which ruptured and she almost bled to death. Luckily, she received emergency treatment in time. She did not even know she had cirrhosis until this happened.
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  10. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    don't over think this. asterixis is a symptom of a condition, not a condition. asterixis won't kill ya, but you can bleed to death from varices in about ten minutes. seen it.
  11. Visit  heelnurse profile page
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    Think about whats going to kill the patient the fastest. Asterixis is a late sign so you'll probably pick up on other things indicating encephalopathy. Esophageal Varices can kill the patient quickly if not addressed.


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