A patient with chronic hepatitis is admitted to the hospital due to his declining status. The nurse assesses the patient and will most likely note which of the following?

Increased bleeding tendencies
Muscle wasting
Peripheral edema


• Chronic hepatitis will eventually cause extensive damage to the liver

• The patient will often have muscle wasting, weakness, fatigue, weight loss, increased bleeding, decreased body hair, and peripheral edema. Jaundice (yellow skin and conjunctiva) may also be present due to a buildup of bilirubin

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