A patient who is in liver failure is hospitalized for management of symptoms. The physician has ordered an arterial blood gas, which demonstrates that the patient is in a state of metabolic acidosis. What symptoms would the nurse most likely see in this case?

 

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- Rapid respiratory rate

- Hypotension

- Peripheral edema

- Exophthalmos

Rationale

Metabolic acidosis is a state in which there is too much acid in the body fluids. It most often results in symptoms associated with its cause, but it can also lead to a rapid respiratory rate, confusion, and lethargy.

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