March 29 – 2024 – NCLEX Practice Question

NCLEX Practice Question

March 29 – 2024

The nurse is taking the health history of a 70-year-old patient being treated for a Duodenal Ulcer. After being told the patient is complaining of epigastric pain, the nurse expects to note which assessment finding?

Nausea
Hernia
Melena
Hyperthermia
  • Melena – CORRECT
  • Melena is the finding that there are traces of blood in the stool which presents as black, tarry feces. This is a common manifestation of Duodenal Ulcers, since the Duodenum is further down the gastric anatomy.
  • Nausea
  • Nausea may be present, but is a generalized symptom and by itself doesn’t indicate a Duodenal Ulcer. Incorrect.
  • Hernia
  • A Hernia is a protrusion of a segment of the abdomen through another abdominal structure. It is not associated with an Ulcer and is a condition, not an assessment finding. Incorrect.
  • Hyperthermia
  • Hyperthermia, a high temperature, is not an assessment finding of a Duodenal Ulcer. Incorrect

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