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Which assessment finding in a client with COPD indicates to the nurse that the respiratory problem is chronic?Correct
Answer C is correct.
Rationale: The clinical manifestation of clubbing of the fingers takes time, indicating that the condition is chronic and not acute. Answers A, B, and D are all nonspecific for chronicity, so they are incorrect.Incorrect
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease A disease state characterized by pulmonary airflow obstruction that is usually progressive, not fully reversible, and sometimes accompanied by airway hyperreactivity. Airflow obstruction may be caused by chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. In chronic hypercapnia, the stimulus to breathe is a low PO2 instead of an increased PCO2.
Clubbing is an abnormal enlargement in the distal phalanges seen in the fingers.