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?

Fatigue
Increased bleeding tendencies
Muscle wasting
Peripheral edema

Explanation

• Chronic hepatitis will eventually cause extensive damage to the liver and nutritional deficiencies. 

• The patient will often have muscle wasting, weakness, fatigue, increased bleeding, decreased body hair, and peripheral edema.

• Liver dysfunction leads to low serum albumin, which causes low oncotic pressure, contributing to edema.

• Jaundice (yellow skin and conjunctiva) may also be present due to a buildup of bilirubin.

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