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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?

Explanation

• 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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