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?


• 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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