The nurse is caring for a patient diagnosed with pleurisy. Which of the following assessment findings is a characteristic of pleurisy?

 

Pleural friction rub
Sharp pain that intensifies with inspiration

Explanation

•Pleurisy often causes a sharp, knifelike pain that intensifies with inspiration. This pain is due to friction between the pleural surfaces.

•The other answer choices are not characteristics of pleurisy, but can occur with many respiratory diseases.

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