The nurse is assessing a 15-year-old girl who has been admitted for bulimia nervosa. Which clinical manifestation is the nurse most likely to find?
• Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating, inappropriate compensatory behavior to prevent weight gain, and excessive concern about body weight.
• Frequent vomiting causes hypertrophy of the parotid glands and puffy cheeks. Edema is often noted.
• Incorect: Brittle hair and hair loss are common due to malnutrition and starvation.
• Incorrect: Hypotension can occur due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
• Incorrect: Metabolic alkalosis can occur from the loss of stomach acid.