A nurse is assessing multiple skin lesions on a patient with pemphigus vulgaris. The skin is easily rubbed off when the nurse applies slight friction. This best describes which of the following?


• Nikolsky's sign is positive when slight friction or rubbing causes exfoliation of the skin.

• A positive Nikolsky's sign is a hallmark of pemphigus vulgaris, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes painful blisters.

• Blumberg's sign is the presence of rebound tenderness in the abdomen and is indicative of peritonitis.

• Murphy's sign is indicative of cholecystitis.

• O'Connor's sign does not exist.

Visit our website for other NCLEX topics now!