The nurse is caring for an intravenous drug user diagnosed with infective endocarditis. Physical exam is likely to reveal which of the following?

Fever
Osler''s nodes
Splinter hemorrhages

Explanation

• Common signs and symptoms of infective endocarditis include fever, malaise, murmur, weight loss, splinter hemorrhages, and Osler's nodes

• Splinter hemorrhages run vertically under the fingernails are are thought to be caused by small clots that damage the capillaries in the nail bed

• Infective endocarditis most commonly occurs in IV drug users. Other risk factors are rheumatic fever, history of heart valve replacement, or dental procedures

• Pericardial friction rub is associated with pericarditis

• Paradoxical pulse is most likely caused by cardiac tamponade

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