A patient with pancreatitis is at risk for developing a paralytic ileus. Which of the following assessment data indicates this complication?

Inability to pass flatus

Explanation

• Paralytic ileus is the most common form of nonmechanical obstruction and often presents with the inability to pass flatus.

• Nausea may be present with an obstruction, but in this case, it is most likely due to pancreatitis.

• Pain from an ileus is usually dull and generalized.

• A firm mass at the right costal margin is indicative of cirrhosis.

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